Ehrlich to address tea party rally in Westminster
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans to address a tea party rally Thursday night in Westminster, and his wife, Kendel, will be appearing at two others, he said.
Ehrlich, who is engaged in a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), said he plans to talk about taxes, health care and the federal cap-and-trade bill, among other things.
There are at least a dozen tea party rallies scheduled in Maryland Thursday. Ehrlich is traveling north to attend one in one of the most Republican counties in the state.
"The tea party movement is fascinating ... for those of us in the business," Ehrlich told reporters. "I'm still getting my arms around it, as you all are."
Ehrlich acknowledged that there is dissatisfaction with Republican leaders on the part of some in the tea party movement, which he said is "by definition, leaderless."
Ehrlich said his wife is attending a rally in Towson, as well as one other, which he could not immediately recall. "She was all dressed up this morning, I can tell you that," Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich's comments to reporters followed a round-table meeting in Annapolis with more than a dozen small-business owners.
Many expressed concerns about the impact of unemployment insurance taxes and a 2007 increase in the state sales tax. Ehrlich has made repeal of that increase a central theme of his campaign.
Ehrlich urged the small-business owners to get more involved in the legislative process in Maryland regardless of whether he wins in November.
"Obviously it's the middle of a campaign ... but it's not just about politics here," he said.
April 15, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
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