With all the excitement around early voting across the state, it now appears that Bob Ehrlich has had a change of heart and is encouraging people to vote early with an “Ehrlich Kane Early Voting Tour Across Maryland.”
Bob Ehrlich also claimed on his radio show that early voting was “an insult to Maryland voters.” So why doesn’t Bob Ehrlich name his tour the “EHRLICH KANE ‘INVITATION TO FRAUD’ TOUR ACROSS MARYLAND?”
Obviously, Bob Ehrlich will swing whichever way the wind blows if he thinks it plays to his advantage. What do you think?
In 2002, Bob Ehrlich’s campaign distributed a misleading brochure at predominantly African American voting precincts that included a picture of Bob Ehrlich, Congressman Elijah Cummings and other notable African American leaders along with the caption: “Democrats for Ehrlich.” As Congressman Cummings made clear yesterday, he did not support Bob Ehrlich.
In 2006, Bob Ehrlich’s campaign bused homeless people from Philadelphia on Election Day to distribute fliers designed to mislead African American Democratic voters into voting for him by falsely suggesting that Ehrlich was backed by prominent African American Democratic leaders.
In a video taken on Election Day 2006, two men, wearing Steele t-shirts and Ehrlich baseball caps, show the false literature that they were paid to distribute. When asked where he is from, one of the men reveals that they were bused into Maryland from Philadelphia.
In a blog post on Monday, October 18th, former Ehrlich aide Joe Steffen writes:
Hell, everyone knew that scheme was perpetrated by Team Ehrlich before the last vote in the 2006 O’Malley victory was even counted.
Yesterday, Maryland Democrats warned voters about the Bob Ehrlich campaign’s history of election day dirty tricks.
Today, we’re calling on Bob Ehrlich to come clean about his campaign’s dirty tricks. Despite the many news reports of Bob Ehrlich’s campaign busing homeless people from Philadelphia and distributing false and misleading campaign fliers with his campaign’s authority line, Bob Ehrlich has yet to admit what he has done.
There is 1 day until early voting starts and 12 days until the election. It’s time for Bob Ehrlich to come clean.
There are new questions this week for Bob Ehrlich over his selection of a running mate, as the Washington Post detailed allegations of “widespread fraud” by Mary Kane and her husband’s company in its pursuit of contracts with federal agencies.
The complaint, filed under the False Claim Act, says the Kane Co. and its subsidiaries paid lower wages than mandated on moving and office installation projects for the federal government dating to 1998. Mary Kane is a co-owner of the company and was a member of the Kane Co.’s board of directors from 1997 to 2003, when much of the alleged conduct is said to have taken place.
Last week, Bob Ehrlich refused to answer questions about the matter, but new information provided by the Washington Post shows that the complaint against the Kane Company is serious business for Bob Ehrlich and his running mate.
“It certainly indicates that the government believes there is real credibility to the case,” said Altomease R. Kennedy, a Washington lawyer with no involvement in the matter. And if the allegations are proved, it could face millions in civil penalties.
So while his former Lt. Governor, Michael Steele, is making national headlines for his “wildly inaccurate” “uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely,” comments about the war in Afghanistan, Bob Ehrlich has questions of his own to answer about his new running mate, Mary Kane.