Ehrlich signs off air, prepares to file candidacy
This morning, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wrapped his three-year stint as a WBAL radio talk show host. His wife, Kendel, will host solo from now on.
Ehrlich, a Republican, had promised to give up the show when he files paperwork to run for governor this fall; the deadline for that is July 6. Ehrlich wouldn't have hosted next Saturday anyway, he said, because of a Fourth of July commitment.
Kendel Ehrlich said she'll provide listeners with campaign trail updates from her husband -- something sure to irk Democrats, who have long complained that the show is tantamount to an illegal campaign contribution. (The Maryland Attorney General's Office disagreed.) Ehrlich is challenging Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Democrat who unseated him four years ago. Both first must prevail in the September primary election.
The former first lady also told listeners to pay close attention to Ehrlich's Facebook page for a "major announcement'" next week. In the next sentence, she mentioned that Ehrlich's choice of a running mate would soon be clear.
Particularly in contrast to last week's show -- which included analysis of an O'Malley attack ad and what appeared to be a Democrat-orchestrated call-in -- Ehrlich's final show was largely uneventful.
He hopped to several topics, including health care reform, a settlement in a lawsuit alleging illegal arrest practices in Baltimore and Marc train woes. He took very few callers, instead giving most of the two hours of air time to phone-in guests Robert Flanagan (his former transportation secretary), Baltimore attorney Billy Murphy and former White House press secretary Dana Perino.