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March 18, 2010

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.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 2:44 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


How about when he wrongly lied to the citizens of Maryland about protecting us from BGE rate hikes? How he raised taxes, furloughed jobs, laid off workers? Race baited the black vote? Relied on political family connections? Oh wait . . .that was O'Malley

No Jack, you were on the right track. He DID say we'd be better off with him regarding the BGE rate hikes. He DID raise taxes (and fees, remember the flush tax, as well as all the nickel and time stuff that added up to a huge tax increase?). He Did lay off qualified workers in order to install his cronies. He DID race bait the black vote (busing in out of staters to act as "supporters"). He DID rely on political family connections (getting his wife a fake job at Comcast). So wait, that WAS Ehrlich.

Would about when he ran a g'ment that could not balance it's check book with its spending? Would about when he did nothing for liberal's precious civil liberties? Would about when he vastly overpaid for land on the Eastern Shore with tax payer's money?....oh, wait, that O'Malley, too...darn




Too funny and unbelievably amazing.



Nothing but lapdog government employee lemmings.

For going as low as mocking Ehrlich with a parody web site to now crying about how he's circling the wagons for a possible political campaign, the democrats sure seemed worried about Ehrlich even though they spend a lot of energy talking about how much they're not worried about him...

The democrat party has been saying the same thing since day one when Ehrlich went to that law office.
Why is the democrat party so afraid of Ehrlich?

Why is the Democrat party so afraid of Ehrlich....... because he can kick their A$$ Nov 2 just like the rest of Democrats in the House and Senate. Get your popcorn ready. It's going to be a fun night!!!

Cage match Ehrlich vs OMalley.
First blood match.
To be the man you have to beat the man.

I am voting for whom I feel will be kinder to my overtaxed wallet in 2011 courtesy of Annapolis.

Save us Ehrlich.

Baltimore City...PG County...Montgomery County.... game over.. O'Malley wins ,If "bobby bad haircut takes off his dress and gets in the race he will get beat again... Ehrlich is an empty shirt, or in his case an empty SKIRT!!!!

hey all you goofs dont you all remember your beloved glendening he's the idiot that unregulated the power companys in return for kickbacks in the late 90s.

When will it become NOT shocking that these things occur. It's pretty amazing that people in the public spotlight insist on crossing over clear ethical lines. Perhaps that is human nature, or the nature of politics.. I don't know.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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