Ehrlich walks a fine line in Western Maryland
Gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. put himself in the middle of a hot political contest this afternoon in Hagerstown at one of his many small business round table events.
Ehrlich was at a long table – with rival Republican state Senate candidates on either end.
“Everyone is watching my actions,” Ehrlich said.
Incumbent Sen. Don Munson, seated to the right of Ehrlich, complimented the former governor for spurring growth in the county’s burgeoning wine industry. To the left sat Del. Chris Shank, who just put out a campaign mailing featuring a photo of Ehrlich.
Ehrlich called the race interesting in part because it is “generational.” Munson is 72 and Shank is 38. “The major difference is approach,” Ehrlich said. Shank, a Republican whip in the General Assembly, has been a key strategist in the House GOP. Munson has taken a more low-key tact toward legislating.
Ehrlich described Shank as “one of our young stars” but said Munson is a senator who “knows the process” and “knows how things get done.”
Both candidates heaped praise upon Ehrlich and listened intently to a group of small business owners gathered to discuss concerns about the economy. As he has in the past, Ehrlich pledged to try to have the state sales tax reduced and improve what he called the “unfriendly” regulatory attitude at state agencies.