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October 22, 2010

Political stars shine anew in governor's race

Former President Bill Clinton rallied Democratic troops yesterday for Gov. Martin O'Malley while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will fire up Republicans on Sunday for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Think of it as a reprise. Those same political stars shined four years ago, the last time O'Malley and Ehrlich fought for the Maryland governor's office.

Colleague Laura Vozzella wrote about Clinton's appearance yesterday at Baltimore's Federal Hill Park:

Bill Clinton's old campaign anthem, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," blared from speakers in a Baltimore park as the former president tried to rally voters Thursday for Gov. Martin O'Malley and other Democrats.

And just like the Fleetwood Mac song from the '70s, Clinton was at once forward looking and retro.

"Show up," Clinton urged a crowd of more than 1,000 in Federal Hill Park. "Claim your future. Keep your governor."

Meanwhile, Ehrlich is promoting a rally with Giuliani at 2 p.m. Sunday at a farm in Clarksburg in Montgomery County.

Care for a trip down memory lane? Here's what we wrote about Clinton and Giuliani visits four years ago. Both had appeared earlier in the 2006 campaign, as well.

Down to their final 48 hours, the rival campaigns of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley are hoping to receive major boosts today from national political luminaries visiting for rallies in Prince George's County.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is set to appear on behalf of the Republican incumbent at a volunteer fire station in Glenn Dale, and former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to stump for the Democratic nominee -- as well as for the Democrat's U.S.. Senate nominee, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin -- in Upper Marlboro tonight

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 8:36 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010
        

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Is this the same Bill Clinton who was impeached for lying to a Grand Jury?

Hope you cover the Giuliani event as well as you did the Clinton event?! Doubt it!

I am a lifelong democrat who is voting for Ehrlich. O'Malley is a liar and a cry-baby and no amount of celebrity is ever going to change that. I hope no one has forgotten what he's done to Walter Abbott. I haven't. Mr. Abbott did not threaten the Governor. He merely used an expression of speech to state a point.

Giuliani isn't as big a star as Bill Clinton.

By the same token, there's no way there were 1000 people there. Over half the fenced off perimeter was empty. The crowd was extremely underwhelming. If this is any indication of Democratic enthusiasm and voter turnout, there may be a few Republican surprises come Nov 2.

Hey reader,
Mr. Abbott did that to himself. Since when is "If i [sic] ever get close enough to yoy [sic], I will rap [sic] my hands around your throat and strangle the life from you This will solve many problems for true AMERICAN'S [sic]." an expression of speech? That sounds like a threat to me. What would you do if someone sent that to you at work?...and btw, for a "true American" Mr. Abbott sure had a problem with the English language.

Someone hit the nail on the head with the comment in the Vozzela story:
4,000: # of people attending Obama-Clinton rally
15,000: # of people attending Obama-Patrick rally in Boston during the workday
25,000: # of people attending Obama rally in Wisconsin
1,000: # of people attending the Clinton-O'Malley rally in downtown Baltimore
6,000: # of people that attended a Clinton-Shuler rally in Asheville,NC just hours before the Baltimore rally.

Is there a reason Maryland's rallies have such poor drawings? The common denominator is O'Malley.

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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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