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Ehrlich Ups His Visibility on Web and in Mailing

For those trying to keep tabs on whether former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans a political comeback, here are two intriguing developments: a revamped Web site and a new fundraising letter that calls for bringing "common political sense back to Maryland."

Neither the Web site or fundraising letter make clear whether Ehrlich plans a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who defeated him in 2006. But Ehrlich is clearly up to something.

The Web site, www.bobehrlich.com, features a picture of the former governor with the headline: "Maryland's Future."

A "message from Bob" on the site says: "If you're like me, you believe that there's a better path forward for Maryland and America - a path to economic prosperity, responsive government, and brighter horizons for our children."

In the fundraising letter, dated February 2009, Ehrlich takes aim at "Maryland's extreme left-wing governor and legislature" and says that he wants "to build a war chest to spread this common sense messsage to Maryland citizens, to help organize voters and to help candidates for public office."

Ehrlich, who co-hosts a Saturday talk show with his wife on Baltimore's WBAL radio, does not say whether he is one of those candidates he is trying to help.

The balance of the three-page letter takes O'Malley and Democratic legislators to task over tax increases, plans for use of federal stimulus money and the tepid response to the state's slot-machine gambling program.

Ehrlich was one of the biggest slots boosters while in Annapolis but opposed a referendum backed by O'Malley on the issue last year.

"The press is reporting that the slot machine proposal, which Martin O'Malley sold to the voters as the answer to our state's fiscal troubles, was so poorly written that it will actually generate hundreds of millions of dollars less than expected..."

Among the fun features on Ehrlich's Web site: a link to an opinion piece penned by former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D), which ran in The Washington Post last month. Duncan, who challenged O'Malley in the 2006 Democratic primary, questions the vision of current state and local leaders.

UPDATE: Henry Fawell, a former Ehrlich spokesman who now works at his law firm, Womble Carlyle, tells us that Ehrlich will make a decision about whether to seek office at some point "down the road."

"He's being a dad and husband first," Fawell said. "And he's enjoying Womble Carlyle. But there continues to be demand for his views."


By John Wagner  |  March 5, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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OK, the GOP should have figured this out for themselves by now (they will not listen to the opposition) - their party's future does NOT lie within their past. Drudging up Erlich will most likely hurt their agenda (political survival) rather than help.

TGIF

Posted by: free-donny | March 6, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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