Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was one of hundreds of umbrella-toting observers Monday as the man who beat him twice, Gov. Martin O’Malley, wielded the scissors at the ribbon cutting for the Intercounty Connector in Gaithersburg.
Ehrlich, who appeared to be in good spirits Monday, has been relatively quiet since the November election. But that may soon change.
“We’ll have some announcements in the next couple weeks about our future plans,” he said.
Ehrlich attended the event with a handful of former aides, including his transportation secretary, Bob Flanagan. They toasted the ribbon cutting with sparkling cider in clear plastic cups.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work for people in my administration,” Ehrlich said.
“Just about every day for four years I called Bobby Flanagan and asked him how my road was coming,” he said. “I used to introduce him as Bob ‘If I don’t build the ICC I’m fired’ Flanagan.”
“That’s true,” Flanagan said.
Ehrlich called the ICC his top transportation priority in 2002, when he was elected the state’s first Republican governor in a generation. It was his administration that settled on the road’s route, and in 2005, the General Assembly approved the financing for the project.