For­mer Gov. Ehrlich ap­pears dur­ing Sch­neck­en­burger event

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.

NORTH EAST

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

For­mer Gov. Robert Ehrlich chats with county ex­ec­u­tive can­di­date Dan Sch­neck­en­burger and J. Gary Lee, a real es­tate ad­viser from Lutherville.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

For­mer Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ap­peared Fri­day night with Dan Sch­neck­en­burger at a fundraiser for Sch­neck­en­burger’s cam­paign.

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