Laura Vozzella’s Ehrlich Obsession

So, it’s been nearly three years since Bob Ehrlich stopped being governor of Maryland but the Baltimore Sun’s Laura Vozzella can’t quite get over it.

The Cordish Cos. has picked a surprising ally in its bid to put slots at Arundel Mills mall: Team Ehrlich.

Bob Ehrlich pushed hard for slots while governor but sharply criticized how Martin O’Malley pulled it off. Yet to help make his case for slots in Anne Arundel, Cordish has tapped Ehrlich communications guru Paul Schurick and others at Womble Carlyle.

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Now this apparently will be news for Ms. Vozzella, but once people leave government office they still need to get a paycheck. Mr. Schurick works for Womble Carlyle, a fairly significant law and lobbying firm. One is hard pressed to understand why, exactly, the Cordish Company selecting Womble Carlyle is newsworthy… because it really isn’t… unless your real agenda is to try to perpetuate a hypocrisy smear directed at Governor Ehrlich over his sponsorship of slots while he was governor and his principled opposition to the dog’s breakfast of political payoffs that the O’Malley regime eventually enacted.

In fact, one would think that if Cordish was hiring a firm for reasons other than competence then hiring Womble Carlyle, who lists Governor Ehrlich as the head of its Baltimore office, to lobby the O’Malley administration would not be among the best moves possible.

The fatuous nature of Vozzella’s column is clearly evident in this bit of nonsense:

Finally, Womble Carlyle has a client other than governor-in-waiting Ehrlich!

I seems like her nose is a bit out of joint because Mr. Schurick told her that the firm doesn’t reveal its client list.

“We don’t discuss our client relationships with anyone other than our clients,” Schurick said.

Just to help Ms. Vozzella out, I think we can safely conclude that Womble Carlyle has more clients than Governor Ehrlich:

Established in Winston-Salem in 1876, the firm now comprises 530 lawyers in eleven offices, including Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greensboro, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Greenville, SC; Tysons Corner, VA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD and Wilmington, DE.

In fact, their press release archive would let anyone who was interested identify quite a few of their clients.

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