Larry Hogan, Maryland’s newest Republican gubernatorial hopeful, is expected to get a boost later this month from the state’s only GOP governor of the past generation.
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is scheduled to appear at a “headquarters grand opening party” with Hogan, who served as appointments secretary for Ehrlich.
Hogan kicked off his campaign with a rally last week at which he named his running mate, Boyd Rutherford, another former member of Ehrlich’s Cabinet.
Hogan, an Anne Arundel County real-estate broker, faces several candidates in the June Republican primary who have been running for months: Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R), Del. Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel) and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar.
Tickets to Hogan’s Feb. 21 event in Annapolis start at $100.
According to the invitation, Ehrlich will be there hawking a new book. Attendees will be able to get signed copies of “America: Hope for Change.” A blurb on Amazon.com said the book “explores the causes and remedies to the seven most difficult issues confronting (and confounding) our culture and country.”
Ehrlich served a single term as governor, leaving office shortly after his defeat by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in 2006.
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