Endorsement: O’Malley gets state workers, Ehrlich gets cops

Sunday September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Robert Lang

They criticized the state worker furloughs imposed by Governor O’Malley and even posted videos on You Tube to get their message out, but now leaders of the largest state government workers union say they are endorsing Governor Martin O’Malley in his bid for re-election.

Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Maryland told WBAL News that O’Malley did consult with union leaders before proposing the furloughs.

“What did Governor O’Malley do? He sat down with us and he tried to work it out with us to make sure as man y people stayed employed and working and were able to contribute to their families and communities,” Moran told WBAL News.

Moran said when he was governor Ehrlich “cut jobs,” and “broke contracts.”

AFSCME Maryland did endorse O’Malley four years ago.

Republican Bob Ehrlich’s campaign is touting its own endorsement today.

The Maryland State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Ehrlich at its meeting this week. The lodge represents local FOP lodges from around the state.

Former Baltimore County Delegate John Cluster, who is a member of the Baltimore County Lodge said Ehrlich received 63% of the vote.

“The officers I spoke to say they work better with Governor Ehrlich,” Cluster told WBAL’s Kendel Ehrlich Show on Saturday.

Cluster is running for his old seat in the House of Delegates this year.


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