September 21st, 2010
10:33 AM ET
12 years ago

RGA jumps into Maryland rematch battle

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The Republican Governors Association has jumped into the Maryland gubernatorial race between Republican Robert Ehrlich (left) and Democrat Martin O’Malley (right)."]Washington (CNN) - The rematch in Maryland's getting more interesting.

Republican Governor's Association released its first ad in Maryland's gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday, supporting GOP nominee and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich and attacking the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Martin O'Malley.

"With Martin O'Malley as Governor, Maryland has moved backward, not forward. Unemployment has doubled. More than three thousand Maryland businesses have closed or moved to other states. O'Malley passed the largest tax increase in history. A twenty percent sales tax hike. Job-killing taxes on business," says the narrator in the ad. "And now O'Malley says he's open to raising taxes again. Martin O'Malley: Higher Taxes, Fewer Jobs – moving Maryland backwards."

Maryland Democrats are firing back.

"In their haste to try to prop up Ehrlich's flagging campaign with false attacks against Governor O'Malley, national Republicans forgot to mention that Bob Ehrlich has zero credibility on taxes and spending. Ehrlich raised taxes and fees by $3 billion and went on the worst spending binge in Maryland history. Ehrlich's own Republican primary opponent savaged Ehrlich for his fiscal irresponsibility and refusal to sign a no-new-taxes pledge," says Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Travis Tazelaar, in a statement.

The RGA ad goes up on the same day that the O'Malley campaign begins running a new commercial in the Washington D.C. market in which the governor talks about the importance of education in his life and touts his record of putting education first over the past four years in office.

The RGA involvement is important. As of late summer, O'Malley had a two to one advantage over Ehrlich in campaign cash on hand. In 2002, Ehrlich become the first Republican governor of Maryland in a generation, but he was defeated in his 2006 re-election bid by O'Malley, who was mayor of Baltimore at the time.

While Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters in Maryland, the most recent polls of likely voters suggest that O'Malley has a single digits lead over Ehrlich.

"We think O'Malley's record of tax increases and job losses makes him not only a disappointing governor, but one who can be defeated," RGA Spokesman Chris Schrimpf tells CNN.

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Filed under: 2010 • Martin O'Malley • Maryland • Robert Ehrlich
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. randtm

    I'm sure Ehrlich wants back in as governor very badly so he can work to sell off more of the state's assets to his cronies for pennies on the dollar, since that's apparently what he spent a good deal of his time doing last time. O'Malley has done far better for the state and it is disingenious at best to try to use such statistics from the republican created recession against him.

    September 21, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Snow

    Come on, O'Malley is just the typical liberal demorat. Tax and spend, throw that money away then tax and spend some more. That is exactly what obama and the demorat congress is doing.

    September 21, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Why is it that these ads come out BASHING the other opponent when the Politician who is BASHING has skeletons in his closet also????

    It does not make sense and if the one who is BASHING does not have enough money for future BASHING – then why start BASHING!!!

    DEMOCRATS in MD – please UNITE the BASE so we can WIN this RACE in November 2010!!!! Keep the EXTREMIST out!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia – the Liberal – and I approve this message!!!

    September 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. The Tea Party is another Koch Brothers Product

    Sounds like big business is always blackmailing somebody.They turn states against each other,people at each others throats.You just have to love how "unbridled" Capitalism works.Boycotts work consumers,use them.

    September 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. A Democrat

    No mention of O'Malleys record on the slots that had proceeds going to education, yet the percentage of the profits that were to go to education kept shrinking. This guys has been nothing but trouble for Maryland!! I love how he has taken credit for all the things that Ehrlich did and has done nothing himself except rape the system.

    September 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Dean

    Be Republican.

    September 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. jackie

    Sad ...:(......a guy who was so great at one time to become a laughing stock at his own hands....

    September 21, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Marie MD

    erhlich don't give up your day job just yet.
    This rethug raised taxes in MD except he called them "fees".

    September 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Marie MD

    erhlich don't give up your day job just yet.
    This rethug raised taxes in MD except he called them "fees".
    Of course the RGA is going to support their candidate. Who are they kidding?

    September 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. da

    Sorry but with Ehrlich we have been there done that!!! So that is all that really needs to be said about his campaign!!

    September 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Ben in Texas

    Hilarious. The Repugnants under Bush give us a recession second only to the Great Depression, and then they blame a governor of some lowly state for the job loss their recession brought.

    September 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |