October 02, 2008

In horse racing, the term "abandoned" refers to a race that's canceled and all bets returned. Many in Maryland's horse racing industry will be disappointed to find out their abandonment by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. involves no return on investment.

The former governor's recent decision to oppose his successor's plan for legalized slots hit his former allies at the tracks like a thoroughbred owner whose jockey just got called for interference of his own horse. One local racing lobbyist, a man who served time in prison for fraud, told a Washington Post reporter that Mr. Ehrlich's performance marked "a new low in Maryland politics."

Whatever his reasoning, Mr. Ehrlich has been welcomed warmly into the fold of slots opponents. No doubt he'll be there for at least as long as it's convenient.

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