Andy Barth: Journalist. Flak. Movie star?

Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr's campaign spokesman will be back on the small screen -- playing a political journalist.

Andy Barth wrote an op-ed in today's Sun about a bit part he landed in Game Change, an HBO made for TV movie about the 2008 presidential election that is being filmed in Baltimore. Barth plays a political journalist and his one-line part involves a woman-on-the-street interview with a Sarah Palin supporter. The supporter is at a Palin rally, and Barth provides an amusing anecdote about how hundreds of extras must cheer in the background each time he does a take of the scene.

It's a role that pulls together a number of previous jobs that Barth has held. He was a real journalist for WMAR. He also ran for Congress unsuccessfully (as a Democrat). Most recently he was a spokesman for Ehrlich's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Memorable work included a series of web videos about the campaign where Barth pretended to be a reporter. Barth's op-ed includes echoes of his bi-partisan past. In one graph he gives a liberal sounding shout-out to the unions that supplied him with breakfast on the set. Toward the end of the piece he sounds like he's still shilling for his former GOP boss. ("I know how the election turned out, but I also know Baltimore will win this version.")

HBO, however, has been courted by both parties in Maryland. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley  offered HBO execs and the movie industry a $2 million tax break this year. The legislature added $7.5 million. Ehrlich too wanted to attract movies to Maryland, and pledged that had he been elected governor he would have offered money to the industry.

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