A "Lovefeast" at the Annapolis Loews
Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) won at least style points yesterday at a "retreat" with legislative leaders in Annapolis.
Though no policy agreements were forged during a three-hour, closed-door session at the Annapolis Loews, Democratic lawmakers offered universally upbeat assessments of the free-wheeling discussion, saying it marked a welcome contrast from the tenure of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).
"The beauty is, it was a totally different tone," said Sen. Patrick J. Hogan (D-Montgomery), vice chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committeee. "We were all in the room at the table with the new governor. That's a hugely different starting point."
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) described the afternoon as a "lovefeast."
"We all felt very good to be there," Miller said. "There wasn't a negative word said."
"The good news," Miller added wryly, "is that Martin knew everybody's name."
Those invited to the gathering included chairman and vice chairman of committees in both the Democrat-led Senate and House of Delegates, as well as various others with leadership titles.
Missing were any Republicans.
An O'Malley spokesman said the governor-elect plans to meet with them after they finish electing their leaders this week.
Posted by: BG from PG | December 19, 2006 6:11 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Rufus | December 20, 2006 8:15 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: annearundel | December 20, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.