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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.

By  |  June 1, 2006; 10:36 AM ET
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Well, nobody has written a response to this story so far, which means the following:

Unless your story revolves around Duncan taking contributions from Abramoff or sleazy developers, or it involves Duncan being criticized for policies that have dramatically increased traffic congestion, or policies that have led to more crowded classrooms in Montgomery County, don't bother posting the story here.

For 12 plus years, the Post hasn't covered Duncan's mistakes, so in essence, this blog allows your readers to blow off steam and vent their anger at Fat Doug and the Washington Post for that matter.


Posted by: Message to the Post about this story. | June 1, 2006 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I have worked with many newspapers. In general, they have no agenda except to report the news. People want to beat up the Post for underreporting all kinds of stories, when in fact the Post broke the story in prominent fashion.

Geez, the Post wrote a zillion stories about Clarksville. And they've also written stories that reflect that Montgomery County has the best schools around. You can criticize the schools--as a huge institution there is plenty there to point at. But at the same time, where else would you want to send your kids?

Posted by: I disagree | June 1, 2006 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I just think the big libs here aren't interested in this story because it shows Ehrlich in a positive light with regards to disabilities. If it's not something negative about a Republican, then there's silence.

Posted by: MK | June 2, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Actually, most posters here are looking for stories that portray Duncan in a negative light because for the past 12 years, the Post has endlessly promoted Duncan's agenda while silencing his critics.

Anti-Ehrlich stories are also welcomed.

Posted by: Response to MK | June 2, 2006 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I think people aren't posting b/c it's just not interesting. So what, should Erhlich get a prize for possibly running with someone with disabilities? Should we share our affection because he didn't select a white male? I don't think we should be showering people with praise for hiring minorities for publicity. If she's the best person for the job, then good for her and best of luck to her.

Posted by: Mr. K | June 2, 2006 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. K, that's easy to say when for decades the state democrats picked overwhelmingly old white men for high ranking state jobs--with KKT they finally included a woman. What, were there no qualified minority, individuals with disabilities, or other candidates? Alas, the MD Dems are a lot like old southern Democrats in their racially surpressing ways.

Posted by: Bryan | June 5, 2006 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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