I'm not aware of any potential challenger who could beat Bob Ehrlich in the primary, if he decides to run. At the most fundamental level, he is one of the few established Republicans who projects an aura of leadership, optimism, and confidence.
For the historical record, he is the only Maryland governor who signed a substantive measure to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. He didn't set a fake goal that would come due after his reelection, like O'Malley just did. He just got the job done without a whole lot of theatrics.
Who were the great environmentalists in Maryland history? Republicans. Gude. Mathias. Gleason. And Ehrlich. He has a new website, if you haven't visited yet:
And what about the rumor of Kendel Ehrlich's interest in the vacant State Senate seat? Isn't it a no-brainer that she should be appointed?
I can't believe there is any question about the appointment if it is true she is in the running. She would be a formidable future candidate for higher office. If someone else were appointed, that would be a self-inflicted disaster for the Republican Party. Kind of like how we had several promising candidates for president, who all mysteriously were knocked out. And then John McCain mysteriously surged to the front Bob Dole Style. We did get a future president out of the deal in Sarah Palin, but let's not damage ourselves at the state level by making the wrong appointment in the State Senate.