Ehrlich mum on 2010 plans at GOP convention
Former 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.
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