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Ehrlichs' Official Portraits Unveiled

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is shown perched casually on the edge of his State House desk, on which three pieces of legislation passed during his tenure are resting. Former first lady Kendel Ehrlich is depicted on a staircase of the governor's mansion, in a striking green dress, with pictures of the couple's two boys hanging behind her on the wall.

The official state portraits of both Ehrlichs were formally unveiled tonight in a ceremony that drew hundreds of supporters and dignitaries to the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis.

"We're extremely honored to become part of the history of this great state," Kendel Ehrlich told the crowd, which included Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who in 2006 defeated Maryland's first Republican governor in a generation.

O'Malley was greeted with a smattering of polite applause when introduced during the ceremony.

The event marked a departure from past portrait unveilings, which have been separate, smaller affairs for former governors and their first ladies.

Ehrlich deflected questions from reporters about whether he is interested in a rematch with O'Malley in 2010, saying "tonight is really about the past."

The bills depicted on Ehrlich's desk expanded charter schools in Maryland, established a Cabinet-level department of disabilities, and provided new funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

Ehrlich's portrait was painted by Will Wilson, a friend from grade school who now lives in San Francisco. Kendel Ehrlich's portrait was painted by Moe Hanson of Annapolis.

Serving as master of ceremonies at the event was Edward T. Norris, who served as police commissioner during Martin O'Malley's early years as mayor of Baltimore before being lured away by Ehrlich in late 2002 to become state police superintendent. Past tensions between O'Malley and Norris, who now hosts a radio show in Baltimore, went unmentioned.

By Anne Bartlett  |  June 3, 2008; 8:49 PM ET
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Norris was former Guv's pick to mc? That seems odd. Was this a portrait unveiling or a mugshot event? Norris is a felon who misused pubic funds for his personal gain; an odd choice to say the least. Congrats to the former Guv and his wife.

Posted by: cvilee | June 4, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I would like to say how distasteful and inapropriate it was of former Gov. Ehrlich to have an ex-con, Ed Norris to be the master of ceremonies.

The current governor showed a lot of class and guts to be at that event. He really didn't have to attend that event.He could have respectfully declined the invitation by the Ehrlich's and said that he had a scheduling conflict.

The former governor's enveiling program just demonstrated why he lost the election to Governor O'Malley in the first place. Ehrlich made it all about him and never thought for once to think about how much damage he has done to the state's budget and that our current governor had inherited.

Governor O'Malley has taken undeserved, heated criticisms that has not been totally uncalled for. The BGE rate was something that Governor O'Malley inherited, along with state budget deficit fiacso. There are countless other serious quality of life issues that this current governor is doing everything he can to improve Marylanders lives after Ehlich's incredibly unproductive time as governor of the State of Maryland.

Erin O'Brien

Posted by: Erin O'Brien | June 4, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Donny | June 4, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Erin O'Brien = Martin O'Malley

Posted by: island one | June 4, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Well your article was by far better than the Baltimore Sun articles.
They didn't mention the artist. i wish you would have mentioned that Will Wilson is a world renowned artist and included a picture of his portrait of Governor Ehrlich. It was wonderful.

Posted by: Raffy | June 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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