Rick Perry slams Maryland, O’Malley on regs, taxes

In radio ads set to air this week, the former GOP presidential candidate blasts Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), a potential White House hopeful. 

“Unfortunately, your governor has made Maryland the tax-and-fee state,” Perry says in the ad, posted on WTOP.com.

Perry defended the ad Thursday during an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” saying states must drive U.S. economic growth.

“Washington, D.C., has jobs that they need to do, like cutting back on the spending and having cogent foreign policy and a tax policy that helps bring offshore dollars back into the state,” he said. “But the real policies in this country that are going to drive job creation are in the states. It's the personal income tax. It's corporate income taxes. It's regulatory climate.”

Maryland is the latest in a series of states to attract attention from Perry, who will not seek reelection next year.

He has previously criticized the business climates of California, Connecticut, Illinois and New York in hopes of luring business to Texas.