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Report: Ehrlich eyes April 7 announcement

Ehrlich.jpgIn recent weeks, former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s camp has been telegraphing an early April announcement of his rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). A news report Wednesday -- which Ehrlich (R) is not confirming -- is the first to float a particular date: April 7.

Bruce DePuyt of ABC 7 and NewsChannel 8 is reporting, based on "an informed source," that Ehrlich will announce April 7 at 10 a.m. in Rockville, with another event that evening in his childhood home of Arbutus.

In response to the report, Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell issued this statement: "This is speculation, and we'll decline to comment on each new date that hits the rumor circuit. Bob Ehrlich is grateful for the interest and will make his intentions known at the right time."

Several Ehrlich boosters have told us that April 7 is a possible, if not likely, date but that the timing could still slip. Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday that they have yet to be invited to an announcement on that day.

Ehrlich associates had previously strongly hinted at an announcement this Thursday -- Maryland Day -- as a likely announcement date. That is not happening.

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Rockville? Interesting choice of venue, as that area is not likely to be a hotbed of Ehrlich support in the general election.

Posted by: mkarns | March 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Bobby's dithering about running indicates he really doesn't want to run against O'Malley,and for good reason. His tenure as governor was pretty much a failure and he showed clearly he did not really like being governor. But what choice does he have? He liked being in congress but that's no longer an option and he probably would like to be a senator...but Barbara has that wrapped up. He needs to wait 4 more years. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Posted by: GEOHPCINC | March 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Bobby the reason Maryland has the budget problems now that O'Malley has had to fix? Seems to me that Bobby also neglected the entire Southern MD region--- HEY BOBBY! They still need a new bridge to span between St. Mary's and Calvert!!! (yeah he totally forgot them down there). Oh yeah-- and there still is no MARC service to southern MD, though you can Marc it all they out to Frederick and beyond. Course, O'Malley has no plans to get MARC service either---

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | March 24, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope Bob Ehrlich runs again. Sure the man wasn't perfect by any means, but we didn't get stuck with thousands of dollars in new taxes and generally things went well under Ehrlich's time. O'Malley's reign has just been a disaster almost since day one and I really get the feeling O'Malley would rather be anywhere else but Annapolis: playing guitar, visiting the White House, visiting Ireland, Israel, Iraq (any country that starts with an "I"), fishing in upstate New York and so forth. I hope Ehrlich brings some new ideas to the table to restructure Maryland's deficits. I mean real solutions with formula reforms. This state can't afford 4 more years of Enron-budgeting gimmicks.

Posted by: h20andoil | March 24, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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