Ellynne en Pointe: GOP governor's candidate forum

Three of the 2014 Maryland GOP gubernatorial candidates spoke at a Forum sponsored by the Maryland Republican Women at the Holiday Inn in Solomons on April 11. Addressing the capacity audience were Harford County Executive David Craig, two-term Maryland State Delegate and ranking Republican member on the House Ways and Means Committee Ron George, and Charles County businessman and New Day Maryland’s Charles Lollar. All of these dedicated men spoke eloquently and passionately about their plans for our state. Be sure to take the time to come out and hear them speak at future events so that you will be able to make an informed decision when you vote in the June 24 Primary.

Missing from Friday’s line-up was Larry Hogan, who served in Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s administration. The previous evening, these same three candidates had also participated in a debate held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore moderated by TV personality Richard Sher; again Mr. Hogan was not present, due to a schedule conflict. (Mr. Hogan, however, did spend most of the day on Friday, April 11, making campaign stops in St. Mary’s County beginning with the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home and including the Mission BBQ restaurant as his lunch stop.)

According to a John Wagner Saturday, April 12 Washington Post article, Mr. Sher posed a question during the Johns Hopkins debate to the three candidates present concerning the likelihood of Gov. Ehrlich having been the last Republican governor in Maryland. Mr. Sher ( in the Wagner article) says that he had discussed the future of the GOP in Maryland with Mr. Ehrlich off-camera about three months ago and that Ehrlich himself “predicted that he would be the last Republican governor to ever win in the state”; Mr. Sher relayed that quote to the 200 people at the Johns Hopkins debate. (Ehrlich has subsequently said through a spokesman that Sher did not quote him correctly.)

Charles Lollar, commenting during the Hopkins event on Ehrlich’s supposed comment simply said, “Bless his heart, he’s wrong” (as reported in Mr. Wagner’s article). Mr. Wagner continued by saying that Mr. Craig stated that he himself has a history of upset victories over Democrats. Craig concurred with Del. George that Marylanders don’t want a third term of O’Malley, who has endorsed his lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown.

Ehrlich had become the state’s first GOP governor in a generation in 2002 but lost in 2006. For those who’ve had the pleasure of hearing the charismatic Mr. Ehrlich in person (as we did here in St. Mary’s County in 2012 when Mr. Ehrlich came to The Olde Breton Inn for a book signing in support of then-candidate Joe Stanalonis) it is hard to believe that he did not win re-election. St. Mary’s County will again have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Ehrlich when he is here as the Special Guest for the SMC Republican Cen

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