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Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) may soon be second-guessing his decision to eliminate the county's restriction on the posting of yard signs.

Until earlier this year, Montgomery had a law that requires property owners to remove lawn signs after 30 days or pay $30 to apply for a permit to keep them up longer. When the American Civil Liberties challenged the law last fall, Duncan told his Department of Permitting Services to stop enforcing it. The County Council, at Duncan's urging, voted two months ago permanently scrap the law.

Now, Duncan's opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, Baltimore Mayor Martin J. O'Malley, plans to start posting lawn signs in Montgomery - six months before the primary.

O'Malley's brother, Peter, sent out an email this week to supporters in Montgomery saying the campaign will begin posting signs yards on Saturday. "If you would like to display one of our beautiful, new green signs, please respond to this email and include your street address," Peter O'Malley wrote.

Rick Abbruzzese, spokesman for the O'Malley campaign, said Saturday is "Montgomery County visibility day." "He's got great support in Montgomery County and people are anxious to show that they are backing Martin for governor," Abbruzzese said.

By Tim Craig  |  March 14, 2006; 6:41 PM ET
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