Dems: Ehrlich wrongly using law firm employees for campaign
The Maryland Democratic Party has fired another shot at Team Ehrlich, this time taking aim at the Republican former governor's use of his current employer's resources.
In a letter today to the state election board, party Chairwoman Susan Turnbull writes that "the Baltimore law offices of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice ... (are) serving as the de facto campaign headquarters" for Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Yet, Turnbull notes, "Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee has not reported receipt of any in-kind contribution from the law firm."
I have emailed the letter to Ehrlich's aides and am waiting to hear back from them.
Ehrlich says he will soon announce whether he plans to rematch Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, in the November election. But the Maryland Democratic Party isn't waiting for Ehrlich to become offical. Today's letter is just the latest in several recent attacks, which range from a creating a parody Ehrlich Web site to asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether Ehrlich violated "payola pundit" rules in a Fox broadcast where he discussed slots.
The campaign complaint centers on Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell.
Ehrlich, a founding partner of Womble's Baltimore office, brought Fawell and other top aides to work with him at the firm. Turnbull's letter complains that Fawell, a press secretary while Ehrlich was governor from 2003 to 2007, has continued to serve as Ehrlich's spokesman even when on the clock at Womble.