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Posted at 8:09 PM ET, 11/20/2010

Ehrlich declines to comment on robocalls episode

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for Kendelradio.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) declined to comment Saturday about an anonymous election-night robocall orchestrated by an operative working for his campaign, according to a report by Baltimore's WBAL radio.

Ehrlich appeared Saturday morning as a "mystery guest" on the WBAL program hosted by his wife, Kendel. During a commercial break, WBAL News asked the former governor about the Nov. 2 robocall, which told recipients they could "relax" even though the polls were still open.

Ehrlich told WBAL News "no comment," according to the station.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) has filed a civil action in federal court against the political operative, Julius Henson, alleging Henson and an associate with his company, Universal Elections, placed more than 112,000 calls in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Each violation carries a potential penalty of $500.

Gansler says the calls -- predominantly placed to Baltimore and Prince George's County voters -- were intended to tamp down Democratic turnout in the final hours of Election Day, which Ehrlich lost to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

Henson has said the calls were "counterintuitive" and intended to motivate Ehrlich voters to go to the polls.

The state prosecutor has also begun a criminal probe of the issue.

By John Wagner  | November 20, 2010; 8:09 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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Don't forget the Ehrlich/Steele signs from 4 years ago:
WE R NOT SLAVES TO THE DEMOCRATS"

Posted by: edlharris | November 21, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Considering a similar episode late in the 2006 campaign I suspect the worst. Ehrlich is a dirty campaigner and should retire from politics. And I say this as someone who voted for him 3 times!

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Posted by: dfkdhgkdfd | November 21, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse


Ehrlich is indeed a dirty campaigner and so are his cronies such as John Kane, the former Chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. However, it is very likely that he will go scot-free. Ehrlich and his wife Kendel have spent much of their lives taking advantage of people. In that regard, I was sorry to see Mary Kane, a fine Republican woman from Montgomery County, tangled with him. It practically ends her ambitions for elected office in Maryland, although she is still running for the position of Maryland GOP Chair.

I guess Maryland Republicans are already counting that President Obama will be denied reelection. So it is rumored that even the Ehrlichs will be using WBAL radio as a self-promoting platform to finesse their way into a White House appointment in 2013. I guess Bob and Kendell and Michaele and Tareq should go out on a double date. The Salahis can teach the Ehrlichs how to crash the White house. . . or maybe is the other way around.

Posted by: GoodAmerican | November 21, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Two weeks ago, Douglas Gansler stated that there is no evidence that Ehrlich or his campaign had anything to do with these calls. Why was that statement left out of this story?..considering it came out of the mouth of one of the most partisan Attorney Generals in the Country. The election is over...MOVE ON!

Posted by: ftbindc | November 21, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if Atty Gen Gansler has some free time he will check into the illegal fees that children are being charged to attend public schools in Montgomery County?

The ACLU might be settling their lawsuit with the state of California over the very same issue this week. Looks like California children might actually be able to receive the free public education to which they are entitled.

Maybe someday the same will be said about the children in Montgomery County.

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Posted by: abulaw | November 21, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

What ftdindc said.

WaPo isn't even trying to hide their bias these days. Must be bitterness over the impending end of those Fed subsidies to Kaplan. WaPo can't survive without Kaplan subsidies; that's what happens when you lose credibility.

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