Duncan asks Ehrlich to halt ad

October 31, 2006|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,Sun reporter

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan has asked Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. not to air a new television ad in which the governor uses several quotes from the executive that are critical of the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.

Duncan, who campaigned against O'Malley in the Democratic primary before dropping out for health reasons, has endorsed his one-time rival and said Ehrlich's use of the county executive's name, words or image gives the wrong impression.

"I understand that in the 2002 election, there were instances in which your campaign and affiliated groups created and distributed materials depicting Democratic elected officials, implying that they endorsed your candidacy," Duncan wrote in a letter to the governor. "As you know, I support Martin O'Malley, your opponent. To use my image, video or words to persuade citizens to vote for you would be improper - and beneath your office."

Duncan sent the letter Friday, but Ehrlich began airing an ad yesterday based almost entirely on criticism Duncan made of O'Malley. The ad quotes Duncan as saying that O'Malley has "ignored the schools, and we're seeing the results of that today."

Ehrlich spokeswoman Shareese N. DeLeaver said the comments, quoted in The Washington Post and The Sun, were public remarks and thus fair game.

andy.green@baltsun.com

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