Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. made two stops in Washington County Saturday, having lunch with fire and rescue personnel and then courting the farm vote at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair as he tries to reclaim the governor's office this fall.
"Obviously, we're strong in this county and we're strong in this part of the state," Ehrlich said as he pressed the flesh with exhibitors and visitors to the fair and posed with a steer. "I represented ag districts in the legislature, in Congress and ... as governor."
Ehrlich, who served as governor from 2003 to 2007, is vying for the Republican nomination in September against GOP opponent Brian H. Murphy and is eyeing a rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in November. Saturday's events in Washington County were among five stops scheduled in three counties, he said.
The message voters are sending to candidates in this election, both in Maryland and nationally, is about taxes and the regulatory environment, Ehrlich said.