Is the Baltimore Sun’s Editorial Board psychic, or are Bob Ehrlich’s empty promises just that predictable? Days before Ehrlich released his first TV ad, in which Ehrlich makes four separate promises with zero details about how he plans to carry them out, the Sun wrote this:
With the fall election campaign about to take off, Marylanders should on be guard for dubious claims from politicians of all varieties. Some will be so laughable, you’d think candidates would be ashamed to trot them out. One of our favorites is the promise to simultaneously cut taxes, boost spending and plug a $1.5 billion budget hole (We’re eagerly awaiting the details of Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s plan. No fuzzy math, please).
In case you forgot, Ehrlich left a $1.7 billion deficit; raised property taxes by 58 percent; raised the car tax by 58 percent; and tripled corporate filing fees. Bob Ehrlich also failed to fully-fund our schools and created a crisis in public school construction when he was governor.
If voters were holding their breath for the details of Bob Ehrlich’s plan and not just more empty promises, it looks like they’re going to have to wait some more.