Ehrlich: No help needed from Palin, other GOP stars
Don't look for Sarah Palin or other big-name Republicans to come into Maryland to campaign this year for former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).
That's what Ehrlich, who launched a rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) last week, said in an interview Wednesday morning on WMAR, Baltimore's ABC affiliate.
"I don't need anyone campaigning for me in this state, quite frankly," Ehrlich said. "It's Ehrlich-O'Malley. That's what this race is all about."
Ehrlich's response was prompted by a question about whether Palin, the former Alaska governor, would campaign for him. "Probably not," Ehrlich said.
Given that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2-to-1 in Maryland, there are obvious risks to bringing in high-profile national Republicans.
The only possible exception Ehrlich cited was Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and GOP presidential candidate. Ehrlich said Giuliani is a personal friend. Giuliani appeared in Maryland on behalf of Ehrlich during his previous two campaigns for governor.
The WMAR appearance is part of a day full of media interviews for Ehrlich. He will be in Annapolis later Wednesday.
On WMAR, Ehrlich also disclosed that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) wrote him a note that tried to discourage him from running again.
"He actually wrote me a note six months ago -- I kept it -- assuring me I had no chance, which told me he thought I had a chance," Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich said the note was just one piece of evidence that Democrats, who dominate Annapolis, are "sweating buckets" about his possible return.
April 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Robert Ehrlich, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin
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