Murphy Accepts Invitation to Debate Ehrlich on WMAL; Ehrlich Reacts by Running from Murphy and Challenging O’Malley to Debate
CROFTON, MARYLAND – On Tuesday, Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, accepted WMAL’s Bryan Nehman and Fred Grandy’s offer to debate his primary opponent, Bob Ehrlich, on their top-rated radio show (Part I, Part II). Today, Ehrlich replied by attempting to sidestep Murphy and the Republican party by challenging O’Malley to a series of debates before next month’s Primary.
Murphy has the endorsement of national Republican and conservative icons Governor Sarah Palin, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, and Family Research Council, as well as Maryland law enforcement stalwart Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, and Pro-Life leader Maryland Right to Life. In addition, responsible tax policy icon and Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist, spoke on Murphy’s behalf at a Murphy fundraiser held at the home of former MDGOP Chairman, Dr. Jim Pelura.
Bob Ehrlich’s primary national support comes from former Lt. Governor and current RNC chair, Michael Steele, by way of a back-room deal struck before Ehrlich filed for office and in lieu of a primary.
“As a former Governor of Maryland, Bob Ehrlich acted irresponsibly and forfeited core republican principles for fiscal and social responsibility. He grew Maryland’s budget by almost 30%, and raised $3 billion in fees and taxes. He also turned his back on every core Republican belief, including the sanctity of life, the 2nd Amendment, illegal immigration, and the right to work. As a result, he lost the trust of the general Maryland voter and was defeated by O’Malley in 2006, a year when every other incumbent Republican Governor won reelection,” said Murphy.
“Ehrlich and Steele are once again attempting to sidestep Republican principles and Ehrlich’s failed record as a Republican. The data confirms a real Republican can win in Maryland in 2010. And Ehrlich is no Republican. If I were him, I’d be afraid to debate me, too,” said Murphy.
Brian Murphy and Robert Ehrlich are running in the Republican Primary on September 14. Governor Martin O’Malley is running in the Democratic Party Primary on September 14. The winners of the respective parties’ elections will square off against each other in the November 2 General Election.
Brian Murphy is a successful Maryland businessman with a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is founder of the Plimhimmon Group, whose first investment, the Smith Island Baking Company, has been featured in The Washington Post, the Wharton Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, BusinessWeek and other publications for its principled approach to job creation in Maryland.