BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. plans to write a weekly op-ed column for The Baltimore Sun, a newspaper with which he clashed while in office.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Ehrlich, a Republican who served as governor from 2003 to 2007, will focus on national politics.

The Sunday column will debut Jan. 29.

Ehrlich had a strained relationship with the newspaper as governor, banning state employees in 2004 from speaking with two reporters after a series of articles about a state plan to sell preserved forestland to a construction company owner. The Sun sued to lift the ban but lost in federal court.

The Sun’s opinion editor, Andy Green, says he reached out to Ehrlich in seeking “a strong conservative voice.” Green says Ehrlich and the newspaper have “moved on.”

Ehrlich is a law firm partner and state chairman for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. chetta-ketta says:

    Ehrlich, Mr Tax man by another name…”Fees” couldn’t carry the late Ron Smith’s jock strap.

  2. Scott says:

    WJZ’s website sucks.

  3. Steve Wilson says:

    This sounds like the Sun’s owner wants profits at all costs. Republicans engaged in an anti-“liberal media” campaign during George Bush’s administration. This was really an “anti-truth” campaign since what they were against was reporting the truth without their Rightwing “spin” (check out the FOX Network). Ron Smith claimed to be the “voice of reason”. He was no such thing. He was a shill for WBAL-Radio and the Rightwing, WBAL-Radio gave up journalistic integrity for profits. The Sun used Ron Smith’s column to sell papers to Rightwingers and made a big step toward losing their journalistic integrity. Saint Ron is gone and The Sun does not want to lose those Righwing sales. In a world of intelligent, informed voters, Ehrlich couldn’t be elected as a street sweeper behind the elephants from the circus.

  4. Mary says:

    Ehrlich is a big crook….he was behind the robo call incident only the other guys involved had to take the fall. I will be boycotting the Baltimore Sun. Yes WJZ site sucks.

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