Former Gov. Ehrlich appears during Schneckenburger event
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— Former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. spoke at a political fundraiser for Dan Schneckenburger, one of the Republican candidates for county executive, at the Upper Chesapeake Ballroom on Friday.
“I do believe our countr y is on the wrong path right now,” Ehrlich said. “It’s time to change the rules.”
Ehrlich ser ved as the first Republican governor of Maryland in 36 years from 2003 to 2007. He is also a former U. S. Congressman and state delegate.
Also during the Friday event, Ehrlich signed copies of his third published book, “The Turning Point,” and donating proceeds to Schneckenburger’s campaign.
Schneckenburger, who is midway through his first four- year term as a county councilman, faces three Republican opponents in Tuesday’s primary election. A past president of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, he has long been a proponent of economic development and job growth here.
Ehrlich, however, denied he was laying the groundwork for a future campaign.
“I can talk about things that matter on my book tour and I’m not running for election,” Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich’s book is an indictment on the Obama administration. It’s a compilation of opinion pieces Ehrlich has written over the years, divided into subject areas which include a forward from Ehrlich. The former governor released his third book Jan. 26, and he said it’s selling faster than his first two books by far.
So far, Ehrlich has visited 13 states on his book tour, Ehrlich said. The process has been “very interesting,” he said, noting it gives him a chance to voice his opinion on public policy.
“This tour is giving me a good sense of the country,” Ehrlich said. “I’m learning things from their questions and what they are concerned with from a social- economic view.”
His speaking and book tour has led him to national television interviews on Fox, as well as CNN and MSNBC.
“My book sales jump on Amazon the day after I appear on Fox network every time,” said Ehrlich. “But not so much when I appear on CNN.”
Ehrlich was looking forward to his Saturday night speech about uniting the party at the Republican State Convention in Bangor, Maine. “It’s a busy time,” he said. In addition to working on his books, Ehrlich is senior counsel for government advocacy and public policy practice group at King and Spalding law firm in Washington D. C. He is also honorary chair of a political action committee called Turning Point America.
Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich chats with county executive candidate Dan Schneckenburger and J. Gary Lee, a real estate adviser from Lutherville.
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appeared Friday night with Dan Schneckenburger at a fundraiser for Schneckenburger’s campaign.