Schurick, Other Ehrlich Aides, Helping Slots Bid
Paul Schurick, a top aide to former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) who now works at Ehrlich's law firm, has surfaced as an adviser to the Cordish Cos., which is seeking to build a slots parlor at Arundel Mills Mall.
In a statement issued tonight, Cordish confirmed that it has hired Shurick and other communication specialists at the Baltimore office of Ehrlich's law firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, "to help with some community relations initiatives (not lobbying or any other activities)."
The arrangement is certain to raise eyebrows among some. Ehrlich was an ardent slots booster during his tenure as governor but criticized the slots referendum successfully championed last year by his successor, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), as a "turkey."
Cordish said that it did not retain Ehrlich himself and that he is not working on thie issue. Interviews with several Anne Arundel County officials suggested nothing to the contrary.
in an interview this afternoon, Schurick declined to comment on his activities, saying "we don't discuss our client relations with anyone but our clients."
But he confirmed the authenticity of a March 18 email obtained by The Washington Post that was sent from his Womble Carlyle account.
"We are helping the Cordish Company with its plans to develop the slots facility near Arundel Mills Mall," Schurick wrote. "Specifically, we've been asked to identify and build community support for the plan and for the zoning legislation pending before the Anne Arundel Councy Council."
Anne Arundel is one of five counties that would host a slots site under the O'Malley plan. Cordish is the only remaining bidder but is facing opposition from some in the community surrounding Arundel Mills Mall.
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March 24, 2009; 6:00 PM ET
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