Ehrlich declines to comment on robocalls episode
Former 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.
| November 20, 2010; 8:09 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, John Wagner
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