Former Governor Bob Ehrlich has been in the national news lately for the way he has embraced social media to rally the troops for a campaign that has yet to officially start. While there has been speculation about his running mate, no one knows for sure. Until now!
The official announcement did not come at a rally. It did not come at a prepared speech. Ehrlich announced his running mate on Facebook to the almost 28,000 fans with a video which aired at 10:00pm tonight–just in time to get good coverage on the 11:00pm news.
And the winner is:
Mary D. Kane
Kane served as Secretary of State under Ehrlich in his first administration and is also the wife of former Maryland Republican Party Chairman, John Kane.
According to her official biography:
For many years, Secretary Kane was involved in her community. This included being elected to the Parish Council of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, Maryland, sitting on the board of the Mater Dei School in Bethesda, MD, and also being involved in the John Carroll Society and the National Alumni Council of Mount Saint Mary’s University. She also ran for the Montgomery County Council in March, 2000 and for the House of Delegates in District 15 in November, 2002. As a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, Ms. Kane chaired their annual session in Annapolis.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Mary Kane grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. She was of counsel to the law firm of Etheridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan and Hartinger located in Rockville, Maryland until the Governor appointed her to serve as the Deputy Secretary of State in March 2003. Her previous positions included working on Capitol Hill for a United States Senator, in the legislative office of the American Trucking Associations, and for the legal counsel’s office of the United States Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, John, and their three children.