Steele, Ehrlich pay tribute to departing Md. GOP chair
About 450 Marylanders -- including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) -- turned out Thursday night to pay tribute to departing state party chairwoman Audrey E. Scott, according to event organizers.
The "tribute roast," held at a hotel near the Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, raised about $30,000 for the state party, organizers said. Speakers, who also included congressman-elect Andrew P. Harris (R-Md.), honored Scott for her 40 years in Maryland politics, including this past one, during which she led the Maryland GOP.
Ehrlich, who has made few public appearances since his Nov. 2 defeat, spoke at a reception before the night's dinner, according to people who attended the event, which was closed to the press. The former governor thanked Scott for turning the state party around financially and winning many down-ballot races this year, attendees said.
Other speakers included friends, family and co-workers from Scott's 40 years in politics, which included stints as mayor of Bowie, a member of the Prince George's County Council and planning secretary during Ehrlich's administration.
The state party is scheduled to select a new chairman Dec. 11 at a convention in Annapolis.
| December 3, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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