Lt. Gov. Schaefer???
One of the hottest games of the moment in Annapolis is trying to tease out the names of potential running mates for the candidates for governor. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has already tapped Prince George's Del. Anthony Brown. That leaves Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is losing his partner of four years--Michael S. Steele a.k.a "LG"-- to the race for U.S. Senate.
Ehrlich fueled speculation last week and had a little fun with one of his favorite Democrats, Comptroller William Donald Schaefer. The governor opened the Board of Public Works hearing by reading aloud a letter from a Baltimore County constituent:
"As a lifelong Democrat, I would like to recommend Wm. Donald Schaefer as a running mate for Mr. Ehrlich. Please consider my Schaefer, and try to convince him to join us officially."
The hand-written note to Ehrlich's re-election committee included a check made out to Schaefer with room enough to add the word "Committee" after his name should Schaefer decide to join Ehrlich's team.
"I just wanted to put it all out there," Ehrlich said. "The Comptroller has made the list!"
He added with a smile, "There is a background check, however, and we have a team of lawyers looking into his years in public office."
The governor said later he is amused by the running mate guessing game and insisted "there is no short list."
A long list, perhaps?
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