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What's Next for Ehrlich?


So how is Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. coping with his election loss?

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the Republican incumbent's most candid assessment came during a call into the Sports Junkies on WJFK (106.7 FM).

"It's a bummer, there's no doubt about it," Ehrlich told the four buddies who host the program, on which "the guv" has been a frequent guest during a tenure marked by hundreds of appearances on talk radio.

Ehrlich has suggested he is unlikely to run again for public office in Maryland in other recent radio interviews, including one yesterday on Baltimore's WBAL (1090 AM).

"Can I tell you this? That the hardest part is dealing with your friends," Ehrlich told the Junkies on Friday. "Forget your friends, but walking down the sidewalk, going down to get a cup of coffee, people coming up to you. It's draining."

After living in a mansion for four years with a chef and troopers at his disposal, Ehrlich acknowledged that he and first lady Kendel Ehrlich will face some adjustments come January.

"I've got no house, no car, no job," he said. "Don't forget, Kendel didn't cook before."

And his immediate plans?

"The immediate plans are find a place to live, buy a car and then weigh the options. I have no idea," Ehrlich said. "I really have no idea what I'm going to do." People have called him with some interesting ideas, he said, "but I'm going to take my time, obviously."

Ehrlich said he does not know where he'll live, but "we're going to stay around Annapolis, more than likely," because his wife likes the school in which his eldest son, Drew, is enrolled.

Turning to the election itself, Ehrlich attributed his loss to Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) in part to this: "Our ability to win was premised on every person who planned to vote for us actually coming to the polls."

That, obviously, did not happen.

Saturday morning on WBAL, Ehrlich dismissed as "loser talk" suggestions that he was swept out of office by a national Democratic tide, maintaining as he had during the campaign that his race was a referendum on the incumbent.

After 20 years in public office -- as a state delegate, U.S. congressman and governor -- Ehrlich said "a return to public life is unlikely," given Maryland's lurch to the left Tuesday. "I wish the mayor, obviously, a lot of success," he said.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  November 13, 2006; 6:50 AM ET
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he could open a barber shop.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 13, 2006 7:48 AM | Report abuse

he does have really great hair

Posted by: John | November 13, 2006 7:57 AM | Report abuse

How come he doesn't own a car or a house? He did have a an adult life prior to becoming governor.

Posted by: Baltimore voter | November 13, 2006 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Typical. Instead of spending his own money he was a parasite on the backs of Maryland taxpayers. How about teaming with Schaeffer to make a buddy movie -"Grumpy ex-Governors" or perhaps he could play Moe in the 3 Stooges story.

Posted by: MD4BUSH | November 13, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Ehrlich can always open up a politcial dirty tricks firm SLEAZE R US

Posted by: Karma defeats Ehrlich/Steele | November 13, 2006 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Ehrlich couldn't afford it after he raised car registration fees and property taxes.

Posted by: bryan23 | November 13, 2006 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Ehrlich was a very good Governor (it's not just me who thought so -- his high approval rating speaks for itself) that had the misfortune to run for re-election in a very Democratic state in a very Democratic year. He'll be missed during the tenure of O'Malley, as spending rises and our taxes do, too. Having such a heavily one-party government in Annapolis will prove to be a very bad thing for the taxpayers of Maryland.

Posted by: MK | November 13, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

They're going to stay around Annapolis?

But all his campaign commercials said he still considered Arbutus home, that they get back there every chance they get.

So what's wrong with moving back to Arbutus? Oh wait, I know - those ads were just to try to get Bmore county residents out to vote again for a native son... that isn't moving back.

Posted by: corbett | November 13, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps O'Malley could appoint him as state dog-catcher or maybe even a register of wills. I feel like he would make a terrific register of wills...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 13, 2006 9:16 PM | Report abuse


Though you accidentially posted this to a Maryland blog about Governor Ehrlich's future plans rather than the anti-immigrant blog over at, I think you raise some good points and in fact, don't go far enough. It's not just high paying jobs in technology that are being outsourced, other industries are right behind, especially the highly influential and lucrative professions of entertainment and sports. You know the saying, "as American as mom, apple pie and baseball" well, look at how many players are from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, heck, even Asia. This is AMERICA'S game damnit. We invented it and just like your note above about how corporate America generated hypocrosy by not being able to fill the jobs that we ourselves created, if we can't even field a baseball team of Americans with all the Little Leagues we have in this country, then it's juts pure unadulterated anti-Americanism that's causing it.

Similarily, look at entertainment. Movies and TV are overrun by Aussies, Brits, and now even Brad Pitt and Angelena Jolie have outsourced the most American thing of all - THEIR OWN CHILD. Are there no good American babies they can use as a PR prop for their meglomeniacal philanthropy? But as bad as TV and movies have become with us outsourcing our biggest stars - Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Nicole whatshername, Russell Crowe, etc... who all come in here and ACT like they're American, but check the facts, THEY ARE NOT - they are outsourced jobs while American actors are stuck living in Receda and bussing tables at the Ivy for a taste of table scrap from some Irish punk like Colin Ferrel who not only take sour jobs but also many of our virginal American women. Don't even get me STARTED on the music industry with what has happened ever since some bonehead decided it would be good to give a recording contract to a bunch of hippies from Liverpool with bowl haircuts. For a time there, it was called the British Invasion in terms of the number of good American Rock and Roll jobs that were outsourced and don't think for one minute it has abated - worse, it has spread. Now even rappers, the MOST American of American music, is being outsourced to Mexicans, and even that Hasidic jewish guy with the long braids. It's rediculious.

Oh, and fruit picking..... These are AMERICAN trees, growing AMERICAN fruit to be eaten by AMERICAN mouths and yet, we outsource this exciting, high paid work.

Che, you're right, let's all stand up to our new pro-immigrant overlords presenting themselves as "computer programmers" today, but as baseball players, musicians, actors and fruit pickers the next. It's time we took a stand. God Bless America.

Posted by: che's alter ego | November 14, 2006 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he could set up a one-stop-shopping place, with several of these ideas: "SLEAZE R US" (the US being Ehrlich and Steele), but Michael gets the leash and "dog-catcher" job, don't forget, because he's the "I love puppies" guy. Or was he the "I love trash cans" guy? Anyway, Robert gets the barber job. "Okay, what'll it be today, a Sleaze-Cut?"

Posted by: Jim | November 14, 2006 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Well as long as this blog has gotten off track I'll add in. Che and "Che's alter ego" I hope you know didn't vote for the republicans who are creating the tax incentives to outsource jobs--and as one of their final acts are set to vote for giving Microsoft an ability/incentive to continue doing so.
The democrats may be leaned on by unions--in which I must be a member for work and really detest--but at least democrats' policies are pro-American workers, and don't give subsidies and incentives for businesses to outsource.
As for the entertainment industry--well not sure what can be done. Unfortunately I like Bruce Springsteen more as a person than I like most of his music.

What were we talking about here? Oh yea Ehrlich's new career--hey thats it he can go into the entertainment industry. He's a pretty affable person I think he'd do well.

Posted by: Tim | November 14, 2006 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Constellation Energy will have a VP spot for him that will allow the opportunity to get his golf handicap lower. They may even make it a package deal and Kendel could be a Ravens' cheerleader

Posted by: catonsvillian | November 14, 2006 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ehrlich will be back in a few years to say "I told you so".

Posted by: Anonymous | November 14, 2006 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Ummm... Who cares? About the only thing more boring than a former governor is a former register of wills.

Good riddance to him.

Posted by: ????? | November 14, 2006 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I think Bob should be a regular co-host on the Grandy and Andy radio show. He'll be able to give us lots of insights as O'Malley drives the state of Maryland into the dirt.

Posted by: Rufus | November 16, 2006 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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