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O'Malley kicks off re-election campaign

April 27, 2010

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is jumping full bore into re-election mode by saying Maryland needs to move forward, not back to the ways of his political nemesis -- former Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

O'Malley, a Democrat, kicked off a three-day campaign swing on Tuesday in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore.

On Wednesday, O'Malley is scheduled to be in Hagerstown, Frederick and Columbia. Then, he will head to the Eastern Shore in Cambridge.

On Thursday, he will campaign in Aberdeen, Catonsville and Glen Burnie.

The governor's Hagerstown appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday at the UAW Local 171 hall at 18131 Maugans Ave.

Both O'Malley and Ehrlich, a Republican, have been sparring over tax increases that were approved during both administrations.

O'Malley says he's always been upfront and aimed to be as fair as possible when making difficult decisions to weather tough economic times.

Ehrlich criticized the O'Malley administration on Monday for pushing tax policies that are unfriendly to business, citing Northrop Grumman Corp.'s decision to choose Virginia instead of Maryland for relocating its corporate office as an example.

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