A dispatch from Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson:

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Republican nominee for governor, and his wife Kendel held a "Back in Black Again" campaign fashion show fundraiser Tuesday night at Martin's West in Baltimore County.


Kendel Ehrlich wore a bright blue satin dress by Jackie Rogers. The former governor simply wore his "own tux."

"I just knew this would be a great idea to rally women behind Bob," Kendel Ehrlich said following the show. "It was a huge hit."

About a dozen models wore gowns, outerwear and other popular items for this fall from the Bettina Collections in Cross Keys and Alpaca International to a room full of mostly female Ehrlich supporters.

Kendel Ehrlich said that her husband never faced any reservations about attending or appearing in the fashion show. "He's pretty comfortable anywhere," she said.

But since the Ehrlichs began doing the show, the former governor said there's "definitely more men," this year. Outside the ballroom, promotional items in pink letters said "Women for Ehrlich."

When the couple and their two sons appeared on the catwalk following the show to the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling," they met a roar of applause.

"Kendel wanted to do this. This is Kendel's night," he told the crowd. But while the gala-like event was his wife's plan, Ehrlich credited her with keeping him motivated to run for governor again.

"And here we are," said Kendel Ehrlich. "The husband was wrong again," Ehrlich quickly responded.Ehrlich not only asked for continued support from party members, he also also mentioned some of the recent "goofy, negative, ludicrous" campaign ads. He said that most people now know he was "not responsible for the Louisiana oil spill," referring to radio advertisements that linked Ehrlich with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

"We need serious leaders," Ehrlich said, saying that Nov. 3, following election day — "that's when we go back to work fixing this state."