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Ehrlich mum on 2010 plans at GOP convention

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ehrlich.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) was greeted with a standing ovation Saturday at the state Republican convention and gave a pep talk to the more than 200 delegates in attendance. But he did not say a word about his own plans for 2010.

Ehrlich appeared on the agenda to introduce Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.), the lone Republican member of the state's congressional delegation.

"He mentored me when I was a young punk congressman," Ehrlich told the crowd, several of whom were wearing green "Hogan for Maryland" stickers.

The stickers were intended as a show of support for the fledgling gubernatorial bid of Larry Hogan, a former Ehrlich Cabinet secretary, who has said he will run next year if Ehrlich does not seek a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). Hogan hosted a hospitality suite at the convention site, the Comfort Inn in Bowie, both Friday night and Saturday morning.

Also on hand was Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County), who has said he, too, is "testing the waters" for a gubernatorial bid. McDonough was recognized Saturday as an early supporter of Audrey E. Scott, the new state party chairwoman.

In his remarks to the convention, Ehrlich said it was good to see "smiles on faces" of Maryland Republicans and cited several encouraging signs for the party heading into an election year, including GOP wins in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races last week.

"We have to keep it going," Ehrlich said. "The momentum is real."

He said one lesson of the New Jersey race was that Republicans "have to appeal to independents."

Ehrlich did not mention O'Malley by name but chided the "arrogant, sloppy monopoly" in Annapolis, a reference to Democratic party control of both chambers of the legislature as well as the governor's office.

By John Wagner  |  November 14, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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"Fledgling campaign"??? What are you talking about. I have been at several events with Mr. Hogan and the response has been extraordinary. Mr. Hogan is a passionate speaker and a business leader with the right message in these uncertain times. As someone who gave Majority Leader Hoyer a VERY tough election a few years ago, Mr. Hogan should not be belittled by this paper. This sounds like a blog written by one of the other hack reporters for the Post, Lori Montgomery.

Posted by: HarfordCountyRepublican | November 14, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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