Monday, October 11, 2010

Now That's What I Call "Job Growth"

Like many of you, I'm looking forward to actually watching the taped WJZ/Baltimore Jewish Council gubernatorial debate I have already been reading so much about today. While I hope to get something up about the actual debate tonight, I wanted to quickly blog about a descrepancy in some of Bob Ehrlich's campaign materials.

Late this afternoon, the Ehrlich campaign's Henry Fawell issued an email about this morning's debate. Predictably, he claims Ehrlich was the victor. Team O'Malley issued a press release claiming victory for its own candidate earlier today, so that kind of thing is not unexpected.

However, the following excerpt from Team Ehrlich's victory lap email caught my attention: "O’Malley says he created 33,000 new jobs; yet nearly 100,000 jobs have been lost since he took office." Fawell does not cite a source for this particular number.

I am not surprised by the fact that they're bashing O'Malley's record on job growth. But what surprises me is that they're citing a jobs loss figure which is different than the one they were using just days ago.

The campaign's own "History" ad cites a total loss of 200,000 jobs (according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) at about the :18 second mark. Bob Ehrlich himself cited a "216,000" job loss during the debate televised on Monday night.

Now, 100,000 versus 200,000 is a pretty big discrepancy. Clearly both numbers can't be correct. Unless, of course, Team Ehrlich added in everyone now drawing paychecks on the campaign's own lucrative payroll.

Maybe one of Team Ehrlich's four communications gurus can shed some light on this.

So what do you say, boys? Which number is correct? Whichever number it is, I suggest you pick the right one and use it consistently. Otherwise, someone might accuse you of, well, "making stuff up."

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