Former Maryland governor Ehrlich headlines Republican rally for Crandell and Long
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:00
 by Ben Boehl

    With the Nov. 4 Election near, former Gov. Bob Ehrlich was in the district to stump for 7th District County Council candidate Todd Crandell and 6th District House of Delegates candidate Bob Long. The Republican event was held at the Tempo Lounge in Essex on Oct. 22.
    Ehrlich was governor from 2003 to 2007 and served as the area’s Congressman from 1995 to 2003. He remains popular in southeastern Baltimore County today.
    “He didn’t grow up here, but we adopted him,” Crandell said about Ehrlich.
    The former governor said the most difficult time for Crandell will be the intense final weeks of the hard-fought council campaign, but that he thinks Crandell will make history and become the first Republican councilman from the district.
    “When they are trashing you, it is a good sign, because they think you are going to win,” Ehrlich said about the recent attacks on Crandell.
    “It is easy to trash someone and offer no real ideas. Our campaign is not going to sink to that level,” Crandell said.
    Ehrlich also shared his support for Long.
    “Bob is going to [serve in] Annapolis with Gov. [Larry] Hogan,” Ehrlich said, predicting that GOP gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan will defeat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate.
Local Democrats rally for party’s candidates as election nears
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:50
 by Ben Boehl

    In the closing weeks before the Nov. 4 election, both political parties are trying to rally their bases.
    The Battle Grove, County Seal, Eastern Baltimore County, Riverside and New 7th  Democratic clubs joined forces to hold a rally on Oct. 17 at the Battle Grove club.
    The event featured local Democrats including House candidates Del. Mike Weir Jr., Jake Mohorovic and Nick D’Adamo; state Senate candidate Del. John Olszewski Jr. and County Council candidate Joe DiCara.
    U.S. Rep C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, Judge Bill Evans and Clerk of the Court Julie Ensor were among other prominent Democrats taking part in the event.
    Councilman John Olszewski Sr. said the evening’s purpose was to remind Democrats to work hard to get all of the party’s candidates elected, including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the party’s nominee for governor.
    “It is important to vote for all of these Democrats,” Olszewski said.
    Ruppersberger told the crowd he is worried about the Republican Party, since members of the GOP-controlled Congress tried to shut down the federal government, and that he worries such tactics may spill over into Maryland’s government.
    Ruppersberger added that he thought about running for governor but decided not to after he learned that Brown was committed to helping central Maryland and not just his own home area of Prince George’s County.
    “I have worked with him .... I almost ran for governor, but I told him he  has to commit to spending as much time in this county as he would across the state.”
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