In a December 2007 article reporting the findings of a state audit of licensing of mortgagebrokers, “Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell declined to address the audit’s findings. Buthe said that Ehrlich worked hard to boost homeownership and that O’Malley has beenhappy to claim credit for his programs. ‘If there are teachers and nurses and policeofficers who the O’Malley administration thinks are unworthy of their homes, that’s theirproblem,’ he said. ‘But Governor Ehrlich is happy to have helped them.’” Jay Hancock,“Audit faults Md. oversight of mortgage sector,” Baltimore
, Dec. 28, 2007 (Businesssection).
In May 2008, commenting on the re-assembling of Gov. Ehrlich’s “theme team,” Mr.Fawell stated, “’There’s a lot of pent-up anger about record tax increases, risingelectricity prices,’ Fawell said. ‘ It’s an opportunity for people to talk about themes.’”Laura Vozzella, “They put away the crayons,” Baltimore Sun, May 4, 2008 (Localsection).
In December 2008, in response to an announcement that another Republican was forminga gubernatorial exploratory committee, “Ehrlich spokesperson Henry Fawell ‘saidEhrlich’s thinking remains unchanged…. And that [it is] premature to speculate. Fawell,on whether Ehrlich will run: ‘Time and the political landscape.’” The Hotline, Dec. 10,2008 (quoting Reiter, PolitickerMD.com, Dec. 9, 2008).
In June 2009, “ex-Ehrlich press. Sec. Henry Fawell, who now works at Ehrlich’sBaltimore-based law firm, ‘said he won’t come to a decision for several months’ onwhether to run. The Hotline, June 8, 2009.
In September 2009, in response to a conference call organized by the RepublicanNational Committee in advance of an appearance by the President in Maryland abouthealth care reform, the Speaker of the Maryland House commented on Gov. Ehrlich’srecord on health care. “Ex-Ehrlich aide Henry Fawell ‘provided a rebuttal to Busch…forwarding a seven point list of Ehrlich health care accomplishments…..’” The Hotline,Sept. 18, 2009 (quoting “Maryland Politics,” Washington
, Sept. 17, 2009).