Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. this morning repeated a pledge made last week that he if elected governor he would cut an education grant that goes *primarily* to Prince George's and Montgomery counties and Baltimore city.
"It is not part of the baseline," he said. "If the dollars are there, we'll fund it," he said. Asked if the dollars would be there he said: "Of course not."
His words come hours before Prince George's County Executive-elect Rushern Baker and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett plan to hold a news conference criticizing him for that call. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, whose city also stands to lose money, is not planning on participating, according to the press release.
Separately , Ehrlich told business leaders that a pair of polls showing his opponent, Gov. Martin O'Malley, with a sizable lead was driven by "weeks of negative ads" from the governor's team. Ehrlich hinted that his campaign is preparing his back. "That gets fixed tomorrow," he said.
The Republican former governor also offered a new answer to an old question about how he would work with Democratic leaders in the General Assembly. "We are going to medicate Miller and defeat Busch," he quipped. )
See how much the state's counties received from the GCEI after the jump. GCEI Funding