April 7: Ehrlich Day?
A Washington television news show host says he has learned that Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will announce his bid to reclaim the Maryland governor's office at 10 a.m. April 7 in Rockville.
The Republican former governor has for months been exploring a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who defeated him in 2006 after one term.
Henry Fawell, an Ehrlich spokesman, would not confirm the announcement details, which come from Bruce DePuyt, host of "NewsTalk" on ABC 7 and NewsChannel 8. DePuyt reports that "an informed source" gave him the specifics, which include a second Ehrlich event at his childhood home in Arbutus the evening of April 7.
Ehrlich has said only that an announcement is coming "soon."
Since leaving the governor's office in January 2007, Ehrlich and some of his top aides have worked at the Baltimore branch of law giant Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
Although the April 7 events -- and Ehrlich's candidacy -- remain unofficial, reporters asked O'Malley about a potential rematch today at a health care reform event.
"He’s welcome. I’m looking forward," O'Malley said. "Enjoyed it last time, and I’m looking forward to it this time."
(credit to Sun health reporter Kelly Brewington for that last bit.)