We Still Loves Our Governor Ehrlich
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. served as the 60th governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. He was the first Republican to be elected to that office in the state since the 1960s. While individual opinions of political figures can vary widely, there are several reasons some Marylanders continued to express admiration and affection for Governor Ehrlich long after he left office:
- Bipartisanship: In a state where Democrats dominate the political scene, Ehrlich was known to work across the aisle. He tried to find common ground with Democratic legislators, emphasizing practical solutions over strict ideological divides.
- Fiscal Responsibility: Ehrlich championed fiscal conservatism and pushed for balanced budgets during his tenure. He worked to control state spending and advocated for tax reforms that many believed would boost Maryland’s economy.
- Environmental Initiatives: Ehrlich took steps to improve the Chesapeake Bay’s health, which is a point of pride and concern for many Maryland residents. His efforts in this area garnered appreciation from environmentalists and everyday citizens alike.
- Education: Ehrlich worked to increase funding for K-12 education and prioritized the improvement of Maryland’s public schools.
- Public Safety: Under his administration, efforts were made to strengthen law enforcement and improve public safety. He also supported programs and policies to combat drug addiction and rehabilitate offenders.
- Transportation Improvements: Ehrlich recognized the importance of improving Maryland’s infrastructure. He supported transportation projects, like the Intercounty Connector, which aimed to alleviate traffic congestion and improve connectivity within the state.
- Personal Charisma: On a more personal level, many Marylanders found Ehrlich to be personable, approachable, and down-to-earth. He often engaged with citizens directly and was known for his genuine love for the state.
- Legacy of Firsts: As the first Republican governor in Maryland in nearly four decades, Ehrlich represented a break from the political status quo. For those who sought change or a fresh perspective in the state’s leadership, Ehrlich’s election was a significant moment.
Governor Ehrlich had bipartisan supporters and was truly a transformative Governor.