Bob Ehrlich is running for Governor and Ricky Martin is Gay
All kidding aside, it is game on for the 2010 Maryland Governor’s race. While the Ehrlich camp has fueled speculation for months, in a concerted effort to keep the former Governor in the news, I never doubted that the Governor Ehrlich was going to run again. In fact, those close to the Ehrlich camp know that he never really stopped. The former Governor has been more like the head of a shadow government or government in exile with many who served in his adminstration still working with him at his law firm and his radio show. In addition, he has kept his campaign infrastructure, especially his fundraising arm, in place ever since he left office.
These are all good things. While some conservatives have had their issues with the former Governor, and he would be wise to mend some of these fences, the MDGOP has a candidate with more name recognition and ability to fundraise then they have ever had. He also has a compelling contrast between his four years (deficit to surplus without raising sales, gas or income taxes) and O’Malley’s (surplus to deficit with all taxes increased and slots).
This is why the Democrats have been on the attack (cue MDDEMS talking point comments below) as my colleagues have chronicled here. Their goal is to divide and depress conservative and Republican voters with the goal of four more years of the failed O’Malley program including tremendous tax increases to come.
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Despite his imperfections, all Maryland conservatives must realize that Bob Ehrlich is the only alternative to four more years of Martin O’Malley.
UPDATE: For the record, this is not an endorsement by RedMaryland but one contributor’s opinion. And for all the Brian Murphy fans, I think the burden is on you to prove he is a viable alternative to Ehrlich.