In something of a surprise announcement Tuesday, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich acknowledged his plans to officially file his gubernatorial candidacy next week, presumably on Wednesday, April 7, and challenge Gov. Martin O’Malley in a rematch of the 2006 General Election.
As part of his kick-off announcement tour, Ehrlich is expected to visit Bel Air, possibly at the Harford County Courthouse, on the day after he officially files – Thursday, April 8.
The new Republican Club of Harford County website “Harford For Ehrlich” (www.harfordforehrlich.com), which debuted Tuesday, contains the following event update:
Harford for Ehrlich Events
April 8th, 2010: Harford County Kick-off
Governor Ehrlich plans on coming to Bel Air as part of his kick-off announcement tour.
Details coming soon!
“Harford For Ehrlich” was registered and is administered by Ted Pibil of the Bel Air-based BlogsAtWork. Records show the domain was registered on February 26, 2010.
The site sponsors and local coordinators of the Harford For Ehrlich campaign released the following statement:
To help Harford County residents get involved and keep up to date with the latest information on what is happening in Harford County for the “Bob Ehrlich for Maryland” campaign, the Republican Club of Harford County has launched the HarfordforEhrlich.com web site. “If you are from Harford County, this is the site to visit during this campaign,” said Howard McComas IV, Co-Coordinator of Harford County, Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Campaign. “HarfordforEhrlich.com was created to give our community a direct connection to “Bob Ehrlich for Maryland”. Residents in Harford County want to know what they can do to help with the campaign – they want to get involved. This site will serve as a portal to “Bob Ehrlich for Maryland”, allowing for information to be readily available concerning campaign activities,” said Paul Magness, Co-Coordinator of Harford County.
Over the years, Harford has certainly displayed an inclination to vote overwhelmingly for Ehrlich.
In 2002, Ehrlich and runningmate Michael Steele won the State House by defeating then-Lieutenant Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and her runningmate, Admiral Charles Larson.
Ehrlich was extremely popular in Harford County and it showed in the local election returns. In the 2002 Harford County Gubernatorial General Election, Ehrlich/Steele garnered 63,553 votes, 74.33%, to Townsend/Larson’s 21,246, 24.85%.
In his ultimately unsuccessful 2006 reelection bid, Ehrlich again carried Harford by a substantial margain, though not quite as dominating a showing as four years earlier.
In the 2006 General Election, Ehrlich and runningmate Kristen Cox brought in 57,882 votes, 63.37%, to O’Malley and runningmate Anthony Brown’s 32,490, 35.57%.