No sharp elbows in Ocean City
As candidates' forums go, this one was a little unusual.
The Maryland Municipal League had invited the two Democrats running for governor as well as the Republican incumbent to participate in a forum this morning in Ocean City focused on the needs of cities and towns.
As of last week, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had declined but Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) both planned to attend. Then came Duncan's unexpected annoncement Thursday that he was leaving the race to battle clinical depression.
That left O'Malley -- who was joined on stage this morning at a second podium not by a rival but by his running mate, Del. Anthony G. Brown (D-Prince George's).
The result was a far friendlier dynamic. Brown applauded some of O'Malley's answers. On other questions, O'Malley asked Brown to elaborate on what he had said or handed off the question altogether.
At one point, the moderator asked O'Malley how Duncan's departure had changed the race.
O'Malley paused, and then offered this observation to the several hundred municipal officials in attendance: "I guess it has given Anthony more podium time today, for one."
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