Former governor Ehrlich will challenge the Democrat who beat him in 2006:
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. confirmed Tuesday that he will try to reclaim his former job as governor, hoping to benefit from a national anti-incumbent sentiment that emerged since the last presidential election and has deepened during the health care debate.
If victorious, Ehrlich, a Republican, would become the first politician in modern Maryland history to win a rematch after losing as an incumbent governor. Ehrlich was defeated by Democrat Martin O’Malley in 2006, the only sitting governor ousted by voters that year. Ehrlich, 52, has been contemplating a rematch with O’Malley for months, and said he was encouraged by the mood of voters he encountered during recent travels.
“There’s a real sense of concern about the direction our state is taking,” Ehrlich said in a conference call with reporters, adding that he plans to launch his campaign April 7 in Rockville, followed by a stop in Baltimore County.
He won in the big GOP year of 2002, lost in the big Democrat year of 2006 – now its 2010, and it may end up being a GOP year, again. Maryland is, of course, an overwhelmingly Democrat State – and thus it is horribly mis-governed, wracked by corruption and wallowing in a fiscal morass.
Now, in any given year, none of that would matter. Democrats are used to doing what they’re told and if they’re told to re-elect the people who caused all the problems, then that is what they’ll do. Normally. But 2010 isn’t a normal year.
The mask is finally off the corrupt government system – and Democrats are the government, plain and simple. It could be, at long last, that time when people reject permanently the party of government.