Incumbent starts second term with cautious optimism.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
By David Saleh Rauf Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS -- The pomp and circumstance are officially over. Gov. Martin O'Malley, 48, was sworn in Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol in front of a crowd of several hundred, including Maryland's political and business elite. He kicked off his second term with a cautiously optimistic inauguration speech about Maryland recovering from the recession, while also touching on a wide range of accomplishments since taking office in 2007. O'Malley -- a rising star in the Democratic Party coming off a resounding victory over a former Republican governor -- begins his second and final term in the midst of a careful balancing act: He'll need to address a series of pressing issues facing Marylanders while …
Capital News Service
Saturday, December 18, 2010
By Shannon Hoffman ANNAPOLIS - It was election night, and the losing candidate for governor devoted several minutes of his concession speech to the woman standing behind him on stage. "I married the right girl—Kendel Ehrlich —trust me," Bob Ehrlich said. "She loves politics, college football and golf, you know, come on." That night, former governor Ehrlich said his own political career was coming to a close. But what of his wife, a political enthusiast herself? Would she pick up the torch and run for a seat? Those acquainted with her over the years—as well as GOP leaders in the state and Anne Arundel County—said she has all the qualities of an electable candidate. And some say they'd like to see her run. But in a recent interview at her…