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O'Malley Greeted by Large Audience, ICC Opponents

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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.

By John Wagner  |  January 10, 2007; 8:02 AM ET
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Oh my God! Anthony Brown appeared like a "wide-eyed" buffoon and a disoriented politician during the town hall meeting. Montgomery County should not expect much from him during the next 4 years.

Posted by: Eric | January 10, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

You're probably right, Eric. You know those black folk always have that deer-in-the-headlight look in their faces when confronted. Yep, you judged that one.

Posted by: Kunta | January 11, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! Gotta love that exercise in free speech... Please say the previous poster was poorly attempting to create a sarcastic comment.

Posted by: Wow | January 12, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I was more disappointed that much of the crowd (not all, but many) seemed to spend more time telling stories than actually asking questions to get the politians to explain their positions or their plans.

For the most part, when they did respond, they were pretty focused on their plans or at least an outline of their goals.

For example, rather than explaining why we the citizens and groups were opposed to or in favor of the ICC, it might have been it might have been more illuminating to ask the Governor-elect "Given that based on the numerous studies, the ICC will not eliviate the area's traffic problems, will damage the environment and has no support from the areas the road will be, nor from the areas that will supposedly be serviced by the road...WHY do you still support the toll highway?"

(I know it would have been a loaded question, but it would have garnished a dialouge)

Posted by: Alex in Kensington | January 12, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Given that based on the numerous studies, the ICC will certainly help area traffic problems, will not damage the environment in any measureable way and has broad support throughout the area...WHAT sort of Luddite still does not support the toll highway?"

Fixed that for you!

Posted by: Rufus | January 12, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the studies show that if the ICC is built the total hours spent in cars will increase, the delay due to congestion will increase, the vehicle miles traveled by riders of the ICC would increase, daily vehicle mile traveled on adjoining roads would increase, the daily vehicle trips would increase, the number of trips by public transportation would increase, public transportation use would decrease, average speed would increase significantly less than other alternatives, travel times would have insignificant change regardless, emissions would increase, the lease amount of toll revenue would be collected compared to other alternatives, and nitrogen emissions would increase further damaging our precious Chesapeake Bay which provides countless jobs, resources and recreation opportunities for Maryland and Virginia.

I hope this clears up the concerns.

So I repeat...if it doesn't help congestion and it hurts the environment...why support it?

Posted by: Alex from Kensington | January 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"Oh my God! Anthony Brown appeared like a "wide-eyed" buffoon and a disoriented politician during the town hall meeting. Montgomery County should not expect much from him during the next 4 years.'

This is great, I love it when Brown's own supporters throw dog doo at him.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 13, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Alex from Kensington, can you provide a link to these studies? I'm just not buying into those statistics.

Posted by: Bea | January 15, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at the flip side.

And if the ICC is not built the total hours spent in cars will increase faster, the delay due to congestion will increase faster, the vehicle miles traveled by riders of the ICC would not be shortened by a more direct route, daily vehicle mile traveled on adjoining roads would increase since there are fewer option, the daily vehicle trips would increase as population continues to grow, ( Wait, you claim: "the number of trips by public transportation would increase" while "public transportation use would decrease"? More is less in la-la land, I guess) average speed would decrease as the lack of other alternatives causes more congestion, travel times would increase consistently, emissions would increase due to more cars sitting in traffic, the toll revenue would be lost causing high taxes for everyone, and nitrogen emissions would increase further due to congestion damaging our precious Chesapeake Bay which provides countless jobs, resources and recreation opportunities for Maryland and Virginia.

The ICC, an idea whose time has come.

Posted by: Rufus | January 16, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"Oh my God! Anthony Brown appeared like a "wide-eyed" buffoon..."

Heaven forbid we should actually give him and O'Malley a chance to get into office and get the ball rolling. Oh, wait, the world revolves around Eric and everyone should be just like Eric. Eric, are you going to run for governor next time?

Posted by: Just leave the room, Eric | January 16, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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