Another Former Governor Mulls Return
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer
2010 is shaping up as the year of the ex-governor. Former chief executives in at least four states — California, Georgia, Iowa and Oregon — are running for their old jobs again. Within weeks, former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich is expected to throw his hat into the ring, too.
The Baltimore Sun reports today (March 29) that Ehrlich, who was the Republican governor of Maryland from 2003 until 2007, "is tired of life on the sidelines." The paper notes that Ehrlich's life has become "increasingly like a campaign" in recent months and that he is expected to file soon for the governor's office now held by Democrat Martin O'Malley, who defeated him in 2006. O'Malley is running for reelection.
Ehrlich has hosted a political radio show since leaving office, but he suggested to The Sun that being on air wasn't enough anymore.
"I have missed being part of the debate. I have been frustrated by the policy decisions in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill," Ehrlich said. "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."
One television station, ABC 7 in Washington, D.C., is reporting that Ehrlich will announce his candidacy on April 7 in the suburbs of the nation's capital — a crucial battleground that helped vault O'Malley into the governorship four years ago. Like Republicans running for governor in other states, Ehrlich will align himself against the federal health care law President Obama signed last week, ABC 7 reported.
If he runs, Ehrlich would join four former governors who already are in the throes of their campaigns: Jerry Brown in California, Roy Barnes in Georgia, Terry Branstad in Iowa and John Kitzhaber in Oregon. Of those four, only Branstad is a Republican.