The latest twist in the saga is that the Ehrlich campaign used a Public Information Act request to obtain the e-mail correspondence at DLLR and the governor's press office about the affair. It contains the revelations that the order to pull the unflattering report "came from the top" (which O'Malley officials say means the agency's secretary, not the governor) and that Mr. O'Malley's press secretary was involved in the scramble to post a revised report.
That's unseemly and clumsy, but does it symbolize, as Mr. Ehrlich contended, an administration's failure to foster job growth? Not really. The governor's efforts to play up positive economic news and downplay the negative surely has much less to do with job growth than his policies, and in the current environment a governor's policies probably don't have much impact either, at least not on the month-to-month job growth figures. Maryland has the 13th best unemployment rate in the nation, far better than states whose business tax climates are supposedly superior to ours ( Nevada: fourth in business tax climate, according to the Tax Foundation, last in unemployment) and better than states whose regulations are supposedly more business friendly ( Michigan: sixth in regulations, according to Chief Executive Magazine, next-to-last in unemployment).