Maryland wasn't really a serious contender for the Northrop Grumman headquarters that is moving to Virginia instead, said Republican gubernatorial hopeful Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. during a stop at a Columbia auto accessory business hit hard by the recession.
"This is not a regional deal, this is a Maryland deal," said Ehrlich at E and G Classics, referring to O'Malley's message welcoming the west coast headquarters to the region. "According to sources widely reported, Maryland was never in the game, we were just used for leverage. I don't want Maryland to be used as the junior varsity team. It appears we were never taken seriously."