Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich received a key endorsement today from one of the state's largest unions: the Maryland Fraternal Oder of Police. The union claims just under 20,000 members.
Both candidates for governor have actively courted union members and although the vote was close at the end of the day, it was the former governor's strong ties to law enforcement that earned their blessing.
"I've sponsored their bills in Congress. I've sponsored their bills in the House of Delegates. I've been an advocate for police, I would say, my entire public career. They've returned that love in many ways over the years. Today's just another tangible way they share their support for me," Ehrlich says.
Four years ago, during his first bid for re-election, Ehrlich also received the support of the FOP. Earlier in the day, former Republican Rep. Wayne Gilchrest crossed party lines to endorse Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley.