From the Baltimore Sun
Ehrlich may work on GOP race for president in 2008
December 15, 2006
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who lost his bid last month for a second
term, says he may consider working for a Republican presidential
campaign for 2008.
Ehrlich, a former congressman who in 2002 became Maryland's first
Republican governor in a generation, said he has been approached about
possible roles in the presidential campaigns of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney, who is weighing a bid, and former New York Mayor Rudolph W.
Ehrlich did not rule out a personal run for office in the future, but
he said it was premature to say whether he would run again.
"There is a generally favorable view of our administration around the
country," Ehrlich told reporters Wednesday in a luncheon he held for
newspapers that endorsed him. The Associated Press, which does not make
political endorsements, was not invited.
"We've been approached by the Romney campaign and the Giuliani"
campaign about possible roles, Ehrlich said, though he didn't say what
those roles would be.
Asked about his political future, he said, "The trend lines at present
in our state are not very good for someone with my views and my values."
The governor said he has "very few regrets" about his term, though he
noted his failure to get lawmakers to approve slot machine gambling as
Ehrlich was defeated for re-election by Baltimore Mayor Martin
O'Malley, a Democrat. Ehrlich said he has bought a home outside
Annapolis but has not taken a new job.
"There are a lot of options out there, and there are a lot of people
talking to us," Ehrlich said. "I know that part of my life will be
taken up with helping people who want my help. More likely than not, I
may do some media."
First lady Kendel Ehrlich attended the lunch, and told reporters that
she is preparing to move out of Government House and has given a tour
of the mansion to incoming first lady Katie Curran O'Malley.
Asked what advice she had for the new first lady, Mrs. Ehrlich said she
should "do whatever is right for her family."
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