Candidate Chosen Partly Because Of Her Disability, Governor
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 6, 2006
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND--Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said on a radio show Thursday that he might not have picked Kristen Cox to be his running mate if she were not blind.
"In my heart of hearts, I cannot answer honestly if Kris had sight, whether she would be the person I chose. I do not know that," Ehrlich said.
"I do know this: Given my experience with her, my relationship with her, her expertise, her brains, she would certainly be on that list."
Cox, who head up Maryland's Department of Disability, has been a lobbyist for the National Federation of the Blind and a member of the Bush administration in the Department of Education.
Ehrlich has said that he chose Cox to run for lieutenant governor in part because of her experience.
"The fact that Kris has a disability is very relevant to what we're trying to accomplish," he added. "She takes down caricatures as a person and as a professional."
The campaign of Ehrlich's opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, called the governor's statement a confession "to pretty blatant symbolic politics".
"Ehrlich notes disability in choice of Cox" (Baltimore Sun)