Next on the agenda : Ehrlich, the book


March 21, 2007|By LAURA VOZZELLA

The guy accused of spending too much time on the golf course when he was governor seems to have turned into a workaholic. Bob Ehrlich has a job at a law firm. He's got a Saturday radio show on WBAL. And somehow, he's also finding time to write a book.

The book project has not been formally announced, but former press officer Greg Massoni confirmed some details yesterday.

"It's not personal, it's more of a political book ... dealing with Republicans and where they need to go and what they need to do in the future," Massoni said.

Ehrlich has a publisher, Massoni said, though he wouldn't identify the firm. The book is expected to come out next year.

Massoni also said the book will not be ghost-written. ("He's actually writing the book.") Indeed, the ex-Gov is cranking out pages faster than Massoni can read them.

"I have some [of the manuscript] that has been written, but I'm way behind on a lot of it right now," said Massoni, who is working with his old boss in the Baltimore-area office of a North Carolina law firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.

Former Ehrlich communications director Paul Schurick, who also works at the firm, would say this much about an Ehrlich book: "That is a suggestion that has come the governor's way."

I passed along the title proposed by my tipster, who had been under the impression the book would be more of a Bob and Kendel memoir: We Miss the Chefs.

Who forgot to tip?

The people have a right to know: Is the mayor of Baltimore a lousy tipper?

Sheila Dixon and company recently occupied half of Jimmy's Restaurant for hours, as the mayor met with Fells Pointers upset about hoax fliers indicating - falsely - that she'd ordered a curfew. Regulars grumbled that they couldn't get a table, what with all the TV cameras.

When it was all over, Dixon's office paid the tab: $12, no tip.

"They only had coffees," said owner Nick Filipidis.

But he didn't blame the mayor for the absent gratuity.

"Somebody handled it for her and didn't do a good job," he said. (Dixon spokesman Anthony McCarthy declined to comment.)

It's a different story when Dixon, a weekend regular, comes in on her own, Filipidis said. "She comes in on Sundays with her family, and she's always very gracious," he said. "She's generous when tipping."

Thinking of moving? Call Mike

Hey, Martin and Katie O'Malley. If you decide to sell your house, give Michael Phelps a call. The Examiner honcho surely will offer the same free spread he gave his own, on-the-market Roland Park property in the paper's real estate section.

And don't delay. Phelps, who oversees the Baltimore and Washington Examiners, is hard to reach. He and his bosses at Denver-based Clarity Media Group still aren't returning my calls.

Examiner editors have had to answer to their own reporters, however. At a staff meeting yesterday, I'm told, reporters complained that they were embarrassed by the publisher who put the "house" in house ad. I'm also told editors responded that it was "not a big deal."

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