DGA makes an argument for Ehrlich?
The issue plays a little differently in Maryland: In our pitched gubernatorial race Republican challenger Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the state's former governor, has promised to repeal the 20 percent increase that Democrat Gov. Martin O'Malley added to the state's sales tax. (Its a promise that Ehrlich has not explained how he would fund, as The Sun detailed in a story today.)
Ehrlich's team points out that the DGA ad provides a solid reason to vote for their guy -- and its a good time for the Republican candidate to get some outside national help. The Republican Governors Association has cut their ad buys in the Washington market. Also Politico reported this morning that RGA chairman Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, is hitting 13 states on a final election tour of places with competitive races. Maryland is not listed. (We contacted the RGA's press person, who, perhaps busy with reporters elsewhere, has not returned our message.)
You can watch the DGA's ad here. in it a lefty sounding narrator is considering voting for Lincoln Chafee, who was a Republican until 2007. The narrator considers Chafee, but in the end asks us "Is a sales tax that is going to hurt people who have the least a good idea? I don't think so."