O'Malley Greeted by Large Audience, ICC Opponents
Even Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley seemed taken aback by the size of the audience that greeted him last night on the first stop of a pre-inaugural tour.
A crowd that swelled to more than 750 people came to a town-hall style meeting at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington armed with questions about transportation, immigration, health care and other subjects.
Upon arrival, O'Malley (D) said, "I thought there must be some other event here tonight."
The governor-elect, who will be sworn in Jan. 17, was warmly received at the event hosted by new Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, where he was also joined by Lt. Gov.-elect Anthony G. Brown and the administration's incoming transportation secretary, John Porcari. Several of the most detailed transportation questions were tossed to Porcari.
A large segment of the crowd was opposed to the Intercounty Connector and wore stickers to let that be known. O'Malley supports the planned 18-mile toll highway connecting Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
He was asked by several speakers to take a fresh look at the costly project. O'Malley said he was not prepared to change his position last night. "I can't do that, but I will try to keep an open mind," he said.
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