March 31st, 2010
11:17 AM ET
12 years ago

Ehrlich joins ranks of ex-governors seeking former job

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ehrlich will make a bid to get his old job back."](CNN) – Another former governor has announced he wants his old job back this November.

Republican Bob Ehrlich, who lost his re-election bid as Maryland's chief executive in 2006, told supporters in an e-mail Tuesday that he will make another run for the office he held from 2003 to 2007. He will officially kick off his campaign on April 7 with events in heavily Democratic Rockville and in Baltimore County, the area he represented in Congress for eight years.

"Are you ready to take back Maryland?" said Ehrlich in a letter sent to his campaign e-mail list. "Then I hope you'll join me on Wednesday, April 7th as I announce my candidacy for Governor of Maryland."

Ehrlich beat the odds in 2002 when he defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, to become Maryland's first Republican governor since 1969. He was defeated in 2006 by Democrat Martin O'Malley, then the mayor of Baltimore, who now seeks a second term.

Other former governors who hope to reclaim their states' top jobs are Republican Terry Branstad of Iowa and Democrats Roy Barnes of Georgia, Jerry Brown of California, and John Kitzhaber of Oregon.

Filed under: Bob Ehrlich • Maryland
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We took Maryland back when we voted you out.

    We've seen A LOT of new developments, construction, and new businesses under O'Malley in the Rockville area.

    That "taking Maryland back" phrase just puts a really bad taste in my mouth. Change that slogan and we'll see...

    March 31, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. MaRK

    The republicans are going to come back like a storm.

    The dems had a chance and did nothing but screw us!!!

    March 31, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    This neo-moron will be defeated. His previous reign in MD was beset by wasteful and inappropriate power struggles with the [D] legislature, as he attempted to foist various aspects of his rightwing puppetmasters on MD. This guy as gov. was another idiot-in-charge, like his hero GWB.

    March 31, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Oh No!

    This is getting ridiculous. I can understand former Gov. Brown wanting to get his job back because he can actually fix the problems California has. This Ehlrich guy has done nothing to change Maryland. He's just another empty suit.

    March 31, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. cspurgeon

    He3res hoping hes a two time loser....

    March 31, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. noneofyourbusiness

    HAHAHA, MD tossed your butt our in 2006. Why would they want you back now? You must be drinking the same Kool-Aid that former Senator Rick Santorum made.

    March 31, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    You were a failure as Governor. Why would any want you back?

    March 31, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. virginia nielsen

    Another "store manequin" with no brains !!! Where are the good, normal, moderate republicans ? Let me know ...

    March 31, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    They voted him out once. What conservative delusions make him think that they'd want him back?

    March 31, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Where did Maryland go, did we ship them somewhere or has Ehrlich been so busy enjoying life and never lifted a hand or solutions. Was he doing volunteer work feeding the homeless, visiting the nursing homes, reaching out to the families who have military people in the Middle East. Exactly what was he doing that he now deserves to get "his old job back"?

    March 31, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. JonDie

    What else could he do? He otherwise can't make a living.

    March 31, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Shawn

    Why? Like all Republicans, he failed the first time.

    March 31, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Take it back from whom?????

    March 31, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Michael from Ventura

    Gotta wonder about these people saying they're gonna "take back" America or the States they live in. Note: If you LOSE an election the only thing to take back is the office. In a democracy, the ballot decides the winner for the Country or State. These folks just don't get that they LOST!

    March 31, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. bcords

    this guy is as big a phoney as there is in the republican party. he gets by on his looks and smarts but was a fee( we weren't allowed to call them taxes) increasing, cutting education spending, do nothing as governor. he played many rounds of free golf with corporate big wigs when he should have been working for legislation in annapolis. i voted for him twice as my congressman and once as governor and was sadly disappointed. he has held state republicans hostage waiting to announce he was running which puts the whole party behind in raising funds. i have moved on and was hoping somebody would run but they are all afraid of him because he is the pretty boy of the state party. his laziness will again be on display. oh well. after this loss his political career should be over!

    March 31, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |