Pain in the neck: Ehrlich had minor surgery
Ehrlich aide Greg Massoni has a new duty: Intercept admirers who want to give his boss a pat on the back. At a campaign event today in Essex, Massoni literally had to pluck people off the sensitive gubernatorial candidate.
That's because former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had surgery Friday to address back and neck pain. "Revenge of college football," Ehrlich said, explaining the source of the injury. He played ball at Princeton University in the 1970s.
Spokesman Andy Barth had few details about the surgery, saying only that it was "minor" and put Ehrlich out of commission for just a few days. The Republican candidate for governor did not appear to be wearing a brace today in Essex -- his first public appearance of the week.
Ehrlich had complained of back pain several times earlier on the campaign trail, including in April when he first announced his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Ehrlich said then that he had aggravated old injuries while working out.