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Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 06/30/2010

Ehrlich picks Mary Kane as running mate

By Terri Rupar

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) reached into vote-rich Montgomery County on Wednesday night, tapping Mary D. Kane, a former Maryland secretary of state from Potomac, as his running mate for this year's rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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Ehrlich's choice of a lieutenant governor candidate, announced in a 10 p.m. posting on Facebook, appeared aimed at improving the Republican's prospects in the state's largest jurisdiction and among women. Polls show Ehrlich trails the Democratic incumbent among female voters.

Ehrlich plans to introduce Kane, 48, Thursday morning in Silver Spring, and the newly minted ticket will formally file for office Friday, aides said.

--John Wagner

By Terri Rupar  | June 30, 2010; 10:14 PM ET
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Irish for Ehrlich/Cox!!!

Posted by: Jefferson5 | June 30, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: charlietuna666 | June 30, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Too bad, I was hoping Steele would come back. The national party's about done with him, isn't it?

Kane is attractive, in that expensively groomed GOP way, but her halting performance in the announcement video does not bode well for her speeches. My advice: more still photos, fewer videos.

And has she ever done anything for the public good? The title of "Maryland secretary of state" doesn't mean anything to me but "party hack."

Come to think of it, I don't remember Ehrlich doing anything for the public good. He raised MVA fees and chased a fantasy of slot machine royalties replacing the income tax.

Maryland Republicans do win sometimes, when the voters are angry enough at the Democratic incumbents. But really, if this is the highest caliber of candidates the Republicans can nominate, they'll never hold the reins for more than one term at a time.

Posted by: pundito | June 30, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Good choice. I've seen her a number of times on Access Montgomery's "21 This Week" and have always been impressed by her knowledge and intelligence.

Posted by: MrBethesda | July 1, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"has she ever done anything for the public good?"

I bet 99% of Marylanders couldn't tell you the name of the currrent lieutenant governor much less anything he has done for the public good.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | July 1, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Ha. As if Erlich has a chance in Mont. Co. after sending undercover police to investigate anti-death penalty groups and anti-war activists and then put them on federal terrorist lists while he was governor. Adding Ms. Kane from Potomac to the ticket isn't likely to swing any Democrats to Erlich, female or not. Then there was that Ehrlich henchman who went through state agencies digging for Democrat employees (not appointees) to fire. Maryland spent a couple of years investigating and rectifying thoses messes after Ehrlich left office. Now he has to campaign on that record.

Posted by: cassandra9 | July 1, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: charlietuna666

Go clean your gun and shaddup

Posted by: tagtron | July 1, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

So now we get to see Erlich riding in Mary's pink Cadillac. Didn't this guy do enough damage the first time. Basing hiring and firing not on qualifications but on political loyalty is no way to run a state or a country. When ideology trumps good common sense practices things have gone to far. We said our goodbyes to Mr Ehrlich did somebody forget to send the memo.

Posted by: hilow | July 1, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

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