A Tryout for the Ehrlich Ticket?
Several of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s cabinet secretaries attended last night's fundraiser with President Bush, but only one of them took center stage: Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Kristen Cox.
Cox was praised by the governor for her work in caring for the state's disabled populations, then asked to say a few words to the crowd of Ehrlich donors, many of whom paid $10,000 to attend the event. Cox, a former lobbyist for the National Federation of the Blind, who is visually impaired herself, spoke with gusto about her job, and expressed her loyalty to the governor.
Afterwards, the cocktail chatter among the guests centered on her unusual moment in the spotlight. Was this, they wondered, a tryout for Cox as a possible lieutenant governor pick? Or was this merely an attempt to soften the mood before a red meat Republican speech from the president?
When asked, Cox was mum. But one guest at the fundraiser, who asked not to be identified, said he thought her appearance was noteworthy.
"She might be the one," he said.
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