Gilchrest gives nod to O'Malley

Though most of the state's Republicans appear to be solidly behind GOP former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Team O'Malley scored an endorsement from one high profile moderate Republican Tuesday.

Former Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest announced that he's backing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

In an O'Malley campaign press release Gilchrest cited the governor's handling of environmental issues including work to restore the the blue crab population and the "innovative" BayStat program O'Malley created to coordinate various agencies working on clean up plans.

Gilchrest, pictured on the right, is no GOP ideologue. In Congress he frequently voted with the Democrats and, after losing his seat in the 2008 Republican primary to Andy Harris, he crossed party lines to support eventual winner Frank Kratovil, a Democrat. Gilchrest also endorsed Barack Obama that year.

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