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October 12, 2010

Governor debate post-mortem begins

** UPDATE **

Read the Sun's coverage of Monday's gubernatorial debate here, along with a fact check on claims made by Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on taxes, the economy, education, DNA and government spending. The Sun also covered the day's second exchange between the two men at a forum on disabilities issues.

Sun columnist Jean Marbella weighed in about the retro issues discussed and Sun opinions editor Andy Green noted that Ehrlich focused on issues dear to the far right and far left. Business columnist Jay Hancock bemoaned the lack of discussion about pensions during the exchange.

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The hourlong fact-filled debate between Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wrapped a short time ago. It was taped at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and will air tonight at 7 on that station and statewide on Maryland Public Television.

At several points the debate became heated, with each candidate accusing the other of interrupting. Ehrlich referred repeatedly to O'Malley as "Gov," and O'Malley referred to Ehrlich as "Bob." The nicknames grew icier as the debate unfolded.

They're now pow-wowing with their supporters and are expected to emerge soon to give statements. As soon as the debate ended, each side began declaring victory.

Top Democrats who'd come to the station to support O'Malley, including Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Elijah Cummings, said the governor did a better job of laying out a vision for the future. Mikulski predicted viewers would "be glued to their screens" tonight to see the lively exchange. "There was so much energy, so much content."
Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 9:50 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010
        

Comments

O'Malley's vision is higher taxes for everyone.

...and Ehrlich referred to O'Malley as "Bob."

Huh? Why would Ehrlich be calling O'Malley Bob? Proofreading is more important than getting a blog post up.

Ehrlich hasn't changed. Arrogant to the point of disrespect...calling our governor, "GUV" throughout the debate. I'm proud of my governor for not resorting to calling him "Bobby Haircut". Such a poor sport, Ehrlich! Oh, and BOB, it's MY TIME now! It's not about YOU, Mr. Arrogance!

It is my understanding that you refer to former governor's as GOVERNOR,not former governor. That's just rude.

Mr. Ehrlich was very arrogant, never cracked a smile, had a hateful look on his face and was very disrespectful towards the Governor and Denise Koch. I would not like to see someone like that as a leader in the great State of Maryland! Mr. O'Malley was very professional and conducted himself with great poise and he did not argue over a coin toss as Mr. Ehrlich did, that was so juevenile to come from a political figure who wants to be Governor. Just saying

Did anyone happen to notice how O'Malley justified his unconstitutional and racist arrest practices while Baltimore Mayor by saying "people are alive" because of them? I hope people in the African American community were listening to that remark. When African American grad students are thrown in jail because they litter and happen to be in bad neighborhood, every Marylander, regardless of party, should be screaming from the rooftops. Why hasn't the Sun pointed out this comment? Martin O'Malley should be called to task for this by the editorial board.

I was embarrassed for the moderator. She seemed timid and unsure, a distraction frankly. I am sure she felt the same way afterwards.

I was very interested in hearing the debate. I found it terribly distracting and rude for Governor Erhlich to refer to Governor O'Malley as 'GOV' repeatedly. I liked some of what both had to say. I am not as a state employee a fan of furloughs - but glad to have a job. If after the third year of furloughs.. they may have to look at other options. I don't mind the penny tax as atleast that spreads the cost out by everyone. As a state employee.. I have personally paid THOUSANDS to the cause. A penny really is not that painful... or as Governor Erhlich likes to refer to a 20% increase.. but I question.. how could it be less than a penny? Fractions? Rounding.. ? So.. I liked some of what each had to say. I was not overly impressed by Governor Erhlich and his disrespectful, childish behavior not just to Governor O'Malley but to the Denise Koch.

Why was Barbara Mikulski there? And why hasn't a single reporter asked her why she's not debating her opponent? It's like there are two sets of rules. Rules for talking about Republicans and rules for talking about Democrats.

Politicians and the truth are strange, and very infrequent...bed partners.

Until this state's citizens...regardless of political affiliation, decide to put term limits on all state offices, including Delegates and State Senators, this state will continue to flounder around under the 'good ole' boy' network that has screwed things up so well for as long as I remember.

We can't let the same guys came back year after year and do the same things.

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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.

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