Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, who has shifted his focus away from Maryland politics in recent months, will jump into the state's most high profile race of 2012 by headlining a fundraiser for Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett next week.
The event will take place on Monday at a restaurant in Buckeystown, where Bartlett owns a farm, and tickets will run from $100 to $2,500.
The fundraiser appears to be among the first overt signs of support the state Republican apparatus has offered Bartlett, who faces the toughest reelection of his political career in November. In addition to Ehrlich's role, the invitation was distributed by state party chairman Alex X. Mooney, who at one point considered running for the seat himself when Bartlett's candidacy was less certain.
By contrast, Democrats have held a series of "unity rallies" that have included their candidate, John Delaney, since the state's April 3 primary. Delaney won the primary without the initial support of many of those same state Democratic party leaders.