The campaign schedule for gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is particularly short on details this week – perhaps because Ehrlich doesn't want to tip his hand on his lieutenant governor choice.
But Thursday is shaping up to be a big day. The former governor has afternoon plans in Charm City: a visit to the Bluford Drew Jemison STEM academy at 2 p.m. The charter school was founded Carl Stokes, a Baltimore politician who ran against Gov. Martin O'Malley in the 2000 Baltimore mayoral race.
Stokes, who's now a Baltimore City Councilman, says he expects the lieutenant governor pick to come along for a tour of the school, but says the event is not endorsement. "The former governor is just stopping by," Stokes said. "We didn't think of it as a campaign event."
Stokes says he's known Ehrlich in and out of politics for years, he recently called in to Ehrlich's WBAL radio show where to two bantered about charter school policy. Stokes thinks the state has one of the weakest charter laws in the country and applauds the former governor's push discuss the issue in the campaign.
O'Malley's camp frequently points out that the number of charter schools have doubled during his tenure.