The Washington Times - September 21, 2010, 01:15PM

The Republican Governors Association on Tuesday released its first TV ad backing party member Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in his effort to defeat incumbent Democrat Martin O’Malley in the Maryland gubernatorial race.

The ad criticizes Mr. O’Malley for high state unemployment, historic taxes increases and failing to keep and create new jobs in Democrat-leaning Maryland.


“With Martin O’Malley as governor, Maryland has moved backward, not forward,” the narrator says. “Unemployment has doubled. More than 3,000 Maryland businesses have closed or moved to other states. O’Malley passed the largest tax increase in (state) history.”

Mr. Ehrlich is in a close race and rematch of his 2006 contest with Mr. O’Malley, who won the election. Mr. Ehrlich served one term. When elected in 2003, he became the state’s first Republican governor in roughly three decades.

“Martin O’Malley’s administration has been a huge disappointment,” said RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf. “Maryland just can’t afford four more years of Martin O’Malley.”