Report: Ehrlich says robocalls not in his 'purview'
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said an anonymous election-night robocall for which a campaign consultant of his has taken responsibility was "done outside of my purview," according to a report in the Capital of Annapolis.
Ehrlich's comments, which followed an appearance this week at a Republican Club meeting in Anne Arundel County, are the first time he has offered anything but a "no comment" on the controversy, which has generated a complaint in federal court and other investigations.
The calls, apparently concentrated in heavily Democratic jurisdictions, told voters that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) had won and suggested they could "relax" and stay home, even though the polls were still open.
Julius Henson, a political consultant whom Ehrlich's campaign paid more than $111,000 this year, later took responsibility for the calls. Henson said the calls were "counterintuitive" and designed to motivate Ehrlich supporters to go to the polls.
According to the Capital, Ehrlich -- who lost Nov. 2 to O'Malley by more than 14 percentage points -- also reiterated to the District 32 Republican Club that he has no plans of running for public office again.
"For us, Maryland is a closed chapter," he said.
| December 9, 2010; 10:49 AM ET
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