Ehrlich on Schaefer
Ehrlich was the primary target of a nearly half-hour rant at the outset of Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Public Works, a panel on which the usually chummy Ehrlich and Schaefer both sit. The 84-year-old Democratic comptroller was particularly irked about looming increases in electric rates and whether Ehrlich was doing enough to mitigate them.
During a radio appearance Friday, Ehrlich called Schaefer "a fascinating character" who tends to get emotional when he cares deeply about issues.
"If you know William Donald Schaefer, it's part of his m.o.," Ehrlich said on "The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin" on WTOP. "It was my turn. ... I expect it's already blown over."
Ehrlich stopped short of endorsing Schaefer's re-election bid this year but offered praise for the former governor and mayor of Baltimore.
"He has risen to a point in public life where he can almost do or say whatever he wants to," Ehrlich said. "It's no secret that we have a very strong friendship."
Ehrlich also demurred when asked if Schaefer -- who recently drew ridicule for publicly ogling one of Ehrlich's young aides -- is up for serving another term.
"The people will make that decision," Ehrlich said, adding: "I've yet to hear one criticism of the operation he runs as comptroller."
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