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Will Maryland have to wait until April for Ehrlich?

Thumbnail image for Ehrlich hand.jpgThere's growing chatter that a campaign announcement from former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), which has been widely expected later this month, might slip into April.

Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell declined to respond directly to that prospect Friday but did not exactly rule it out either.

"There have been plenty of rumored dates," Fawell said. "They seem to come from everybody but Bob Ehrlich."

Fawell would only say that Ehrlich plans to announce whether he is seeking a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) "in the next few weeks."

The former governor is already among the last major candidates in the country to announce his 2010 plans. But Ehrlich's advisers argue that he is already almost universally known in Maryland and has a luxury of time that most candidates don't enjoy.

Speculation for an announcement date previously centered on March 25, Maryland Day. But a date that soon now seems unlikely. Passover and Easter follow shortly thereafter, further complicating matters.

Assuming he runs, Ehrlich will enter the race far behind O'Malley in fundraising, and some strategists question why Ehrlich has not taken advantage of the legislative session to start catching up.

By law, O'Malley cannot raise money during the 90-day session, which ends April 12.

By John Wagner  |  March 12, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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The wavering begins.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 12, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't care when Ehrlich makes a decision, I won't for him. However, if there were a credible alternative to OMalley, that would be nice. Besides, if you believe all the stories in the WAPO and on some blogs, Marylands budget crisis will be going on for the next three or four years. Who wants to be governor of a bankrupt state?

Posted by: VikingRider | March 13, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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