What about Bob?
As Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. readies himself for a widely anticipated rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley this fall, The Baltimore Sun on Sunday reviewed what he has been up to the past three and a half years.
The only Republican in a generation elected to lead Maryland, Ehrlich was defeated after one term by the Democratic mayor of Baltimore. Since then, he has launched the Baltimore office of North Carolina law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and hosted a Saturday radio talk show with his wife, Kendel Ehrlich.
But he seems tired of being on the sidelines. He told The Sun:
"I have missed being part of the debate. I have been frustrated by the policy decisions in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill. The radio show, the speeches and all that - I can get my message out there. But in this business, you're either in or you're out."
He told us his law office has been successful and described his daily duties as "speeches, coffees, dinners, lunches, meetings." He said he is a "rainmaker," and he does not personally represent any of Womble's clients.
Henry Fawell, a Womble employee and a spokesman for Ehrlich, provided a list of "sample clients from the Maryland office." Although we named a few in the Sunday piece, here is the extended list:
· A&G Pharmaceutical
· BAA Maryland
· CSA Medical
· NewAgriculture, LLC
· Precision Antibodies
· Reset Medical
· Therataxis, LLC
· XLHealth Corporation
· Archbold Medical Center
· Canam Steel Corporation
· Dustin Construction, Inc.
· Clifton Gunderson LLP
· SunTrust Bank
· Brown Advisory
· Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
· Cordish Cos. (Fawell noted this is not an active client.)
· RJ Reynolds (Womble's Winston-Salem office has long represented the cigraette company. David B. Hamilton, a Baltimore office employee and Ehrlich's personal attorney when he was in the governor's office, represented RJR in a lawsuit Maryland brought against it for advertising. The suit has been settled.)