Ehrlich to meet with leaders to build support in Carroll

July 04, 1999|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will take advantage of this week's congressional recess to visit Carroll County, where he plans to meet with politicians and business leaders whose support he would rely on if he pursues statewide office.

"I'll be meeting with political folks to get reacquainted and strengthen ties," said Ehrlich, who served in the state legislature with Del. Donald B. Elliott and Sen. Larry E. Haines, Carroll Republicans. "They are people we would look to if I decide to run."

The Baltimore County Republican has not said what job he intends to seek. He has established state and federal campaign committees.

Ehrlich, 41, has raised more than $500,000 for his federal committee -- money that could be used for a Senate bid or for re-election to the House next year. For several years, he has considered running for the seat of veteran Democratic Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, who plans to seek re-election.

Ehrlich also has hinted at a possible gubernatorial run in 2002, when voters will replace Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is prohibited by law from seeking a third term. Ehrlich has raised $100,000 for his state campaign committee.

Ehrlich, who is serving his third term in Congress, will meet with Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes at 9: 30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss crime and law enforcement. He will also tour the courthouse and the county's new jail.

At 12: 45 p.m., Ehrlich will meet with members of the farming community at the county Agriculture Center before traveling to Cumberland and Deep Creek Lake, where he will meet with local leaders.

"The common theme here is business, especially small business," said Ehrlich, who is the only Republican member of the House Commerce Committee. He will complete his tour of Western Maryland on Thursday.

Pub Date: 7/04/99

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