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Ehrlich Joins Giuliani Team

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Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. plans to endorse Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani for president today and announce that he has accepted a position in Giuliani's campaign as the former New York mayor's chairman of the mid-Atlantic region.

"I believe that he is the strongest candidate to hold the presidency," Ehrlich (R) said in an interview, in which he also expressed "great admiration" for another Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Ehrlich said his decision was partly personal. He and Giuliani have become friends in recent years, and Giuliani made several appearances during Ehrlich's gubernatorial campaigns. Ehrlich said his position will involve raising money for Giuliani and giving speeches on his behalf.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who defeated Ehrlich in November, has not announced which Democrat he would support for president.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 22, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
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Makes sense - both governed as a pragmatic centrist on social issues and focused on bread and butter issues like reducing crime, cutting taxes, turning around a big deficit, growing jobs, improving transportation and fixing schools rather than hot button social issues. Giuliani left NYC in much better shape then he found it and Ehrlich did the same in Maryland.

Sounds like Ehrlich will be pretty busy beween his new law firm, radio show, book deal and now campaigning for Rudy. Where will he find time to golf?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Good show Bobby Hairspray! Hopefully we won't have some sola scriptura Christian Conservative from the Religious Right for the GOP and we can have a real discussion about getting government back to doing the things that government is supposed to do, not the social issues which none of us can say with any certainty what God's position really is.

Posted by: RCD | March 22, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

If Rudy gets the nomination, Ehrlich will be his Veep. A balanced ticket.

Posted by: Steve | March 22, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

RCD,

How can you say with such certainty that none of us can say with certainty what God's position really is?

Posted by: disputatio | March 22, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Choo Choo...The 2008 Repub Express is about to leave the station. 4 more years!

Posted by: zap | March 22, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

One crook Ehrlich teaming up with another crook Giuliani. What a surprise...NOT! Does Giuliani know how Erhlich almost destroyed Maryland's economic base?

Posted by: Joe Nash | March 22, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Any thought I had of supporting the Mayor is gone...Ehrlich ruined people's lives, ruined their reputations when he fired them in a political scandal worthy of prison for his staff and then had the nerve to say it was not about politics. Can you say "federal prosecutors?"

Posted by: caroline | March 22, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Gulliani should surely pick a few more campaign workers, who lost their own elections like Ehrlich.

Posted by: Annette | March 23, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Caroline-

Luckily, PG, MoCo and Baltimore City don't elect the president of the United States. Therefore, Guliani will have a good chance, especially with two weak candidates on the Democratic ticket. Sorry to break the news but Hillary and Obama will NEVER be elected by the 50 states.

As for Ehrlich "ruining peoples lives", give me a break. Tell me how many left over Ehrlich staffers is O'Malley hanging onto?

Oh, and the President CAN legally fire ANY federal prosecutor for ANY reason, and in fact, if you stop reading the WaPo and the Sun, you'll know there was just cause. You'll have to find an impeachable offense before you get that impeachment that you're looking for. Sorry but this aint it.

Posted by: BG from PG | March 23, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Erhlich almost destroyed Maryland's economic base..."

Hmm, I guess we were all too busy fretting about Erhlich rooting out political appointments and missed that one...

Posted by: mocoslacker | March 23, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

No matter how hard I try, I just can't get any interest going on this story.

Posted by: Rufus | March 23, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Rudy must sure be desperate to choose a loser like corrupt Bob Ehrlich. Running mate? Let's hope sp -the country will learn about Bob no-sideburns dirty politics especially against black voters.

Posted by: MD4BUSH | March 23, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Good riddens. Rudy can have all the losers he wants. Hey, Mike Steele needs a job too! Apparently the RNC didn't want him...

While we are at it, Scott Rolle would make a great Frederick County field director. O, is that it? That's right, the Republican party is extinct in Maryland, and I'm prouder than ever to say that I am a Marylander.

I don't actually hate Ehrlich, but I think that picking Ehrlich as a VP would be a huge mistake. He has absolutely no appeal. Also, losing as an incument governor doesn't really give you the momentum you need (or the legitimacy you want in the eyes of the rest of the country).

Posted by: J from MoCo | March 24, 2007 4:44 AM | Report abuse

Proclaim your pride in one-party rule in Maryland now before the Dems run the state into the ground. Hey, are you sending your kids to MD public schools?

Posted by: Rufus | March 26, 2007 7:44 AM | Report abuse

OK - we have Ehrlich, the Canton Group, Isis, Gulliani and Gulliani's former Police Chief Bernard B. Kerik all in the news over the past few days.

It's all GOOD NEWS for the Dems ... "Bring it on", right Booby?!?

LOL!

Posted by: Tom | March 31, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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