Ehrlich's Republican opponent says he'll buy TV ads
“Next week we are launching radio and TV ads, but airtime costs money...” he wrote. Murphy hasn’t put in any orders at Baltimore’s two biggest stations. A call to the campaign revealed that they are spending the day with a camera crews.
"I've been crazy busy getting all the costs from the stations and find our slots," said Karla Graham, a Murphy campaign spokeswoman. Graham said in an e-mail the ads will likely go up in the next 10 to 15 days.
The campaign also expects to attract a national figure to stump for Murphy: They've planned a Sunday fundraiser where they expect anti-tax guru Grover Norquist to make an appearance.
Murphy has positioned himself as a more conservative alternative to Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. -- but so far he hasn’t captured much attention. A recent Gonzales poll shows that the state's Republicans are behind Ehrlich Jr.
If Murphy does go up on TV, Ehrlich, who has not spent a dime on TV, will face pressure from both sides. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, has been airing TV ads continuously since July 12 – spending about $160,000 a week in the Baltimore market. They’ve also done three different radio ads.