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Ehrlich thanks supporters, doesn't address robocall controversy

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for Kendelradio.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) called into his wife's radio show Saturday morning to thank those who supported him in his loss this week to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), which Ehrlich blamed in part on the barrage of negative ads run against him.

"Negative ads really do work," Ehrlich told his wife, Kendel, on Baltimore's WBAL-AM.

Ehrlich said he had few regrets about the campaign he had run, which resulted in a loss by 14 percentage points, about twice the margin by which O'Malley beat him in 2006.

"I want to, we want to, express our gratitude to everybody," Bob Ehrlich said. "We're not going to forget that."

In the first half-hour of the show, neither Ehrlich addressed reports Friday and Saturday that a political operative working for the campaign was behind an election-night robocall that suggested Democrats should "relax" and stay home.

Kendel Ehrlich said the campaign had hoped to ride the national wave that buoyed Republicans in other states.

"We thought we might be able to thread the needle one more time," she said, referring to her husband's 2002 victory, when he became the first Republican in a generation to win the governorship in heavily Democratic Maryland.

"We fought the good fight, and it didn't work," Kendel Ehrlich said. "We are proud that we tried."

By John Wagner  | November 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor, John Wagner  
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Come on, both of you need to wake up and smell the coffee. O'Malley has virtually no presence in the state outside of Baltimore and the DC suburbs. And he still clocked you. Why?

Because *this* time he could run not only on 4 years as governor himself, but as before on your 4 years as governor. In which you sucked yet your supporters still wanted to reelect you, were still out there in droves.

What does that tell you?

It tells *me* that as much of a loser as you were as a governor that some people (including yourself) still think that you're a great candidate! But thankfully most of the people in this state ARE A LITTLE WISER THAN YOU.

Posted by: chucklebuck | November 6, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

He's complaining about negative ads?

He ran ads blaming O'Malley for the recession and federal health care reform! Ehrlich's ads were negative, ridiculous, and clearly demonstrated that he has NO ideas, no program for the state.

He deserved to lose, and he did.

Posted by: Meridian1 | November 6, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

A tinge of racism in each election from Erhlich. Four years ago with the hire of blacks from out of state to hand-out leaflets in PG county and now the robocall.

Posted by: shhhhh | November 6, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"Good" fight? No, just the same old bullies and thugs.

Posted by: KSVA | November 6, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

How do they find the nerve to complain about negative ads after all of their cost-free trashing of O'Malley and Democrats during their 3-hour weekly radio show? I wouldn't consider trying to get people to stay away from the polls "the good fight."

Posted by: livingroses | November 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Erlich lost, and O'malley won. The legal calls had no effect on Erlich voters (their intended target).

Sour grapes, even when liberals won. 2012 is going to suck, then.

Posted by: thelaw1 | November 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

thelaw1, the robo calls were *illegal*, as they violated a state law to identify who paid for the calls. That's for starters. There may be more. Just because this stunt didn't work doesn't mean it shouldn't be investigated.

Posted by: sarahabc | November 6, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Elections have degenerated into efforts by people who want to put in office people who welcome servicing the needs of those who voted for them in order to advance either their business interests or their religious interests. Some clodhopper pastor out west wants to roll back anti-bullying efforts because he views a lack of bullying to be pro-homosexuality and he'll have none of that. Of course, the man is a lifelong Republican, as are George W. Bush, Ehrlich, Christine O'Donnell, and Sarah Palin among a host others. In other news, Texas Republicans want to refuse Federal Medicaid funds because they want to toss sick people and their associated expense to the curb. These people go to a Christian church every Sunday and forget the lessons every other day of the week.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Marvelous.

A DEMOCRAT makes the Robo-Calls (That never would have made a rat's rectum worth of difference) then claims he's an Ehrlich supporter.

He's Black but somehow Ehrlich is a racist....

Posted by: Etek | November 6, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Etek stated "Marvelous.

A DEMOCRAT makes the Robo-Calls (That never would have made a rat's rectum worth of difference) then claims he's an Ehrlich supporter.

He's Black but somehow Ehrlich is a racist"

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You have any FACT or EVIDENCE to back up your claim? NO? Then shut up, take another pill and slither back into your hole.

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 6, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Erlich had thugs working for him the first time around so the robo call BS is no surprise. And no surprise that he would not discuss the issue.

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 6, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

A four year campaign conducted from a radio show. A promise of more of the same. Stooges in every department of the government to do loyalty checks on the other employees. And still they wonder why the campaign failed. I guess folks are just a little smarter than you thought. Maybe you should take your failed ideas south where they are still accepted.

Posted by: fish4 | November 6, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Even my Baltimore relatives who are die hard GOP voters told me they were not voting for Ehrlich. Surprising but true story. Ehrlich lost supporters with the dirty tricks he felt compelled to use last time around.

Posted by: bfjam | November 6, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

shhhh,
Don't forget the "We R NOT SLAVES TO DEMOCRATS" signs that Steele/Ehrlich put up in the poorer, African American section of Prince George's County 4 years ago.

Posted by: edlharris | November 6, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Taking responsibility for things going wrong was never your strong suit as governor, so it stands to reason you will not stand up, investigate, and take responsibility if the individual identified really was responsible for those calls. I think that should be part of the definition of a real loser. And I hope that jerk gets the fine and whatever other legal penalties he richly deserves.

I am not really thrilled with O'Malley's performance although I did vote for him. I might have considered voting for you if I was not paying 2-1/2 times the electric bill I was paying 5 years ago or more than twice the water bill. That was YOUR big contribution as governor. I could not afford to have you in office again and keep my home. I remember reading an interview shortly before you left office 2006 whining about poor wife Kendall no longer having a cook and needing to start cooking for the family again. If that is what being goverrnor means to you, you don't deserve the job.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | November 6, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich had more dirty tricks than Nixon. Nixon never did illegal robocalling, hired dirtballs like Joe "The Prince of Darkness" Steffen to do evil things to state employees, bused the homeless to PG for unethical purposes etc. Shame on the Ehrlichs for assuming Marylanders are bumpkins to be manipulated. Good riddance to both of them and get out of our lives forever.

Posted by: 1observer | November 7, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Etek-
You're mistaken. I got one of the robo-calls and the voice was clearly that of a white woman. It sounded like Senator Milkulski, actually. The intent of the message was transparent: don't bother to vote. But the language was so "over the top" that only a half-wit would fail to see that it was a sham.
CR

Posted by: Towards_Light | November 7, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

The Ehrlichs have no shame,no class, and zero real political or leadership skills, ergo they must rely on underhandedness and fake earnestness. Is this the last we've seen of these vile people? NO. Kendel intends to run...likely against Ben Cardin in 2012, so this was just a preview of the garbage these two will cook up, never accepting that they are true losers.

Posted by: TooLongInWashington | November 7, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The Ehrlichs are shameful, absolutely shameful. Hiring Julius Henson to attempt to surpress the vote is going to be their swan song, preluded only by the busing of homeless men into Maryland 4years ago to hand out phony ballots.

Bob is accurate when he says he is a lucky man, however when the Civil Rights divison of the DOJ is done investigating his latest dirty trick that tune may change.

The Ehrlich's need to crawl under the rock that they found Julius Henson and not expose the rest of Maryland to their vile nature. Shameful.

Posted by: Negotiator1 | November 7, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Fact : Bob Ehrlich was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in his first campaign in 1986. Criminal charges were brought against his campaign and his campaign Chairman, John Tower ( not the Texas Senator )for engaging in illegal campaign activity. The charges were NOT dropped. They were placed on the STET docket which means that the prosecutor and the Ehrlich campaign's chairman agreed to a plea bargain that the case would be held on the inactive docket with the right to prosecute and Ehrlich's campaign Chairman had to waive his right to a speedy trial.
What happened was the Ehrlich campaign put out an " Official " Republican Party election ballot on election day, with no authority line, cutting out incumbent Delegate Tom Chamberlin and pasting Ehrlich in instead with the other elected Republicans in that district. ( Ellen Sauerbrey and Wade Kach) . The dirty tricks continued in campaigns against Gerry Brewster and Connie Dejulius for Congress and against Martin O'Malley for Governor. Bob Ehrlich himself said in his recent concession speech in adressing negative politics, simply saying that is politics folks. So was anyone familiar with Bob Ehrlich's history really surprised by his campaign's recent voter suppression attempt ?

Posted by: maryland8 | November 9, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Fact : Bob Ehrlich was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in his first campaign in 1986. Criminal charges were brought against his campaign and his campaign Chairman, John Tower ( not the Texas Senator )for engaging in illegal campaign activity. The charges were NOT dropped. They were placed on the STET docket which means that the prosecutor and the Ehrlich campaign's chairman agreed to a plea bargain that the case would be held on the inactive docket with the right to prosecute and Ehrlich's campaign Chairman had to waive his right to a speedy trial.
What happened was the Ehrlich campaign put out an " Official " Republican Party election ballot on election day, with no authority line, cutting out incumbent Delegate Tom Chamberlin and pasting Ehrlich in instead with the other elected Republicans in that district. ( Ellen Sauerbrey and Wade Kach) . The dirty tricks continued in campaigns against Gerry Brewster and Connie Dejulius for Congress and against Martin O'Malley for Governor. Bob Ehrlich himself said in his recent concession speech in adressing negative politics, simply saying that is politics folks. So was anyone familiar with Bob Ehrlich's history really surprised by his campaign's recent voter suppression attempt ?

Posted by: maryland8 | November 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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