April 27th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Challenger now incumbent; Incumbent now challenger

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/27/art.martin.gi.jpg caption="Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland began his re-election bid Tuesday."](CNN) – Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Tuesday officially kicked off his bid for re-election. His challenger is former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, the man he knocked out of office four years ago.

O'Malley, a Democrat, began his three-day swing across the state with an event in Baltimore, where he served as mayor for two-terms before beating Ehrlich in the 2006 gubernatorial contest.

In his speech, which according to a prepared text focused on job creation and on the tough economy facing the state, O'Malley said "because of the tough decisions made, Maryland has fared better than most, but we still have more work ahead of us."

In what appears to be an attack on Ehrlich, O'Malley added that "others may want to take Maryland back." Instead, he promised to "move Maryland forward."

Earlier this month, Ehrlich kicked off his bid for his old office.

"Welcome to history, part two," he told a crowd in Rockville, Maryland, which is located in the heavily Democratic Montgomery County. Ehrlich also held a rally in Baltimore County, the area he represented in Congress for eight years. In 2002, then-Rep. Ehrlich upset Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to become Maryland's first Republican governor in over 30 years.

While it's an extremely tough political climate for any incumbent seeking re-election, the state is dominated by Democrats. Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, two well respected non-partisan political handicappers, both rate the race as competitive but give the advantage to O'Malley.

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Filed under: 2010 • Martin O'Malley • Maryland
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. doug

    Maryland is blue, if they run a mobster corrupt slimball then he or she will win in a landslide.

    In New York it is obvious who the Democrats should run for governor, John Gotti Jr.

    The libs love mobsters and this guy tried to kill a republican, Curtis Sliwa, every Democrat would give him their full support, that's the type of people they are. Please, don't take my word for it, visit an ultra blue area, see the truth yourself!

    April 27, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Dave

    I live in Baltimore and I can tell you first hand that Ehrlich couldn't care less about the people of Maryland. This election is all about feeding Ehrlich's gigntic ego, his sense of entitlement, and his desire to get even with O'Malley, who mopped the floor with him the last time around.

    The truth is that Ehrlich was a typical inept GOP governor who loved to brag about lowering taxes – which he did. What he doesn't want to tell you is that he raised every fee possible and increased spending even more, putting Maryland in its current tough budget situtation. The situation is the same in Maryland as it is on the national level – O'Malley has to clean up Ehrlich's messes just like Obama has to clean up Bush's. I'll be happy to watch O'Malley whip Ehrlich again...

    April 27, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Larry

    Let's just go ahead now and chalk another one up for the Democrats.

    April 27, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Drew

    Hey doug, any idea of what you're talking about, or is aimless rambling kind of a pattern with you?

    April 27, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. j

    doug, what you are saying makes no sense. what on earth are you talking about? you're really giving the liberals you hate some excellent fodder for calling all republicans conspiracy nutjobs, ps.

    April 27, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Dave

    You don't have to say Ken Lay or Neil Bush or Blackwater to see the GOP is worse.

    April 27, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. John D

    Democrats know nothing about creating jobs! They are real good at spending though! they wasting our money.

    April 27, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Justin

    Give me a break, doug; you're an idiot.

    April 27, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Marylander born and raised

    Really its going to be between this two guys again? Ehrlich and his buddy Steele put this state in an economic hole and O' Malley raised taxes and increased spending. Can we get a new option here?

    April 27, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Tony

    doug, didn't you read the article? Or even the headline? Maryland elected Ehrlich, the Republican, to the governorship in 2002. Over a Kennedy! I assume you didn't care what the article said and just wanted the use the occasion to launch a screed against "libs," not that you're a complete idiot.

    April 27, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Mike

    What the hell are you talking about?

    April 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. VAVoter

    This is about money and power. I guess Ehrlich is finding that its not easy trying to find a job these days. Especially one with the political power and perks that come along with being a governor.... I guess he figured why not try for his old job again....I mean if Sarah Palin can run for office, anybody can....This is so lame. Get a job Ehrlich, your own job. A real job. Move on.

    April 27, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |