Primary challenger endorses former Governor, gets the cold shoulder from Ehrlich.
While Brian Murphy graciously issued a statement endorsing the Republican party nominee, Bob Ehrlich took to the airwaves to settle the score. When asked by his WBAL radio show colleague Ron Smith if he was going to publicly embrace Murphy and call him a rising star, Ehrlich replied, “quite frankly we have a lot of rising stars in our party, we have people who have won races.”
Just because Brian Murphy pointed out the fiscal irresponsibility of the Ehrlich administration, that doesn’t mean Ehrlich has to shun him in public. It’s clear that Bob Ehrlich doesn’t have time for Brian Murphy and can’t even bring himself to compliment his former opponent.
We’ve catalogued Bob Ehrlich saying some pretty outrageous things in his right-wing shock jock gig on WBAL in the past three years, but this past week the former governor shocked Americans across the country by blasting Gov. O’Malley for visiting our troops.
At first we thought Ehrlich might have just gotten carried away and would change the subject. But then Ehrlich began running a full-scale campaign to attack Governor O’Malley for visiting our men and women in uniform.
Here are the facts: Ehrlich as Governor took trips to China, Israel, the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Philadelphia to watch Princeton play basketball versus Penn. But he has a problem with Martin O’Malley visiting our troops – unbelievable isn’t it?
No wonder WBAL-TV reporter Jayne Miller swiftly dismissed Ehrlich’s comments as “partisan, petty attacks.”
We’ll let Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, a member of the Active and Reserve Components of the United States Army since 1984, have the last word:
“I thought that [Ehrlich's] comments were irresponsible. Also, as a soldier, and I spent 26 years on active duty and in the Reserves, it was an insult to those of us who serve in uniform.
“I was in Iraq from September of ’04 to July of ’05. When I was there, there were a number of delegations, congressional delegations, governors who came and visited. In fact, it was a really exciting day when Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Ben Cardin came to visit, and I saw them in Baghdad. Now they didn’t come to visit Anthony Brown, they came to visit soldiers and sailors airmen and Marines, but I can tell you it was a pretty exciting day to see their faces and to know that they were looking out for our well-being and trying to better understand what we were facing so that the decisions made back here at home are appropriate.”
Travis Tazelaar is Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party and a former U.S. Marine.
While the Olympics are in full swing in Vancouver, Bob Ehrlich is playing his own winter games here in Maryland. It has now been 11 days since Ehrlich was first asked about his possible violation of the FCC’s “payola rules” and the public STILL hasn’t received a straight answer. However, Ehrlich continues to bring home the gold for team Womble Carlyle.
The all-but-announced candidate has a three-year record of influence peddling at Womble Carlyle that includes promoting at least one of his clients on television without disclosing his relationship as required by the FCC’s “payola rules.”
Perhaps Ehrlich thinks that our “allegations didn’t deserve the dignity of a response.” However, it’s clear that he’s playing games with his answers as his spokesman Henry Fawell admitted he didn’t know whether they had disclosed that Ehrlich had a financial stake before pushing his client’s position.
So while Ehrlich continues his appearances on Hannity, FOX45 and WBAL, without responding to important questions, we’re going to continue looking for answers as we’re sure Marylanders would like to know.
What is he hiding?
Who are his other clients?
Are there other instances where he promoted clients over the airwaves without properly disclosing the relationship?
If he didn’t violate FCC rules, why not say so? If he did violate FCC rules, he needs to own up to it.