MD-Gov: Is Bob Ehrlich Running?

Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich has been mulling a rematch ever since Martin O'Malley thwarted his reelection bid in 2006. To win, he'll need ...
by | January 22, 2009

Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich has been mulling a rematch ever since Martin O'Malley thwarted his reelection bid in 2006. To win, he'll need the support of lots of Democratic voters in a state that gave Barack Obama 62% of the vote.

In that context, Ehrlich is saying nice things about Obama and generally positioning himself as a moderate, right?

Nope. He penned an op-ed in this morning's Washington Post ripping Obama:

But when it comes to $825 billion in new deficit spending, increased taxes on producers, the elimination of secret ballots in union elections, protectionism, a "new" fairness doctrine, an end to moral clarity in the fight against terrorism, giving terrorists rights enjoyed by U.S. citizens, a future of limited horizons rather than growth and opportunity, and plain old divisive class-warfare rhetoric -- count me (and millions of other Republicans, Democrats and independents) among the loyal opposition.

Already, there were signs that Ehrlich might not run for governor again. He hasn't raised much money for a gubernatorial bid. But that opinion piece, more than anything else, has me very skeptical that Ehrlich is planning a comeback.

Josh Goodman
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