Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. selected former Cabinet member Mary Kane as a running mate in his bid to reclaim the governor's office from the Democrat who toppled him four years previously. The Republican Ehrlich announced the news of his lieutenant governor pick late on June 30 to his more than 27,000 Facebook fans. Kane, 48, a Montgomery County resident who served as Maryland secretary of state for 18 months under Ehrlich, had been widely viewed as the top contender. Her longtime residence was viewed as a possible help to Ehrlich in an area of the state where he is looking to make gains, and her husband, John Kane, a former state GOP chairman and successful businessman, was seen as a possibility for campaign access to top Republican donors. The connection to John Kane was in sync with a theme Ehrlich had already begun to push in his nearly three-month campaign: that Maryland must become friendlier to businesses. Ehrlich said he was "delighted that Mary has agreed to join with me on my mission to bring more jobs, lower taxes, and a brighter future to all Marylanders."
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