The race for Anne Arundel County Executive is heating up, with Delegate Steve Schuh on Monday releasing an endorsement by a former governor that criticizes current executive Laura Neuman for her lack of involvement in the GOP and her Democratic backers.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on April 4 sent a letter to Anne Arundel County voters endorsing Schuh over Neuman in the June 24 Republican primary.
Schuh’s campaign sent out a news release noting the endorsement Monday, and linking to Ehrlich’s full letter online.
"On June 24th, the citizens of Anne Arundel County will face a choice between appointed incumbent Laura Neuman and my longtime friend, State Delegate Steve Schuh. These two candidates could not be more different - the contrast is striking - presenting what I believe is an easy decision for Republican voters of Anne Arundel County," Ehrlich wrote.
The letter notes Schuh's nearly eight years as an elected representative, membership in Republican clubs for more than a decade and participation in more multiple GOP campaigns. Ehrlich writes that Neuman was not involved in party politics before she was appointed County Executive by three Democrats and one Republican on the County Council.
There is no record of Neuman voting in a Republican primary election in the last decade, Ehrlich charges, and at the time of her appointment, her only political contributions were to Democrats.
Neuman contributed to the Democratic campaigns of former Anne Arundel County Executive Janet Owens, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and former County Councilwoman Barbara Samorajczyk, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections, reports CapitalGazette.com. Since her appointment, records show she gave $100 to her own campaign and $50 to Republican Del. Cathy Vitale’s committee.