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Now that Democrats are in charge of congress, the House speaker has Baltimore roots and the House majority leader has represented Maryland for 25 years, the new administration in Annapolis has set some high expectations for the state's delegation to Capitol Hill.

"Yes, we are hoping for more," Democrat Martin O'Malley said after a breakfast meeting today with seven of the state's 10 congressional representatives, five days after his swearing in. The seven Democrats and one Republican flanking him emerged from their working gathering over muffins and coffee with unity and a new name for themselves: Team Maryland.

"Not only do they have the experience and ability to get things done, now they have the clout," O'Malley said.
In four years under Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the governor met with the delegation just once, officials said, on Capitol Hill. As a group, they were never invited to Annapolis.

"We're no longer stifled from being able to follow a Maryland agenda,"said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), now a senior member of the Senate appropriations committeee. She was quick to add that while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md) are sure to pay attention to Maryland's interests.

"What will happen in Maryland will not be because of personal relationships, but because we're in power positions."

The O'Malley's administration has a long wish list for federal legislation and aid, starting with Homeland Security money to shore up the Port of Balitmore and other operations. Then there are transportation and school needs to accommodate 10,000 new jobs expected through the BRAC process. And more federal dollars to protect the Chesapeake Bay would be nice.

"Maryland is playing a more substantial role in the defense of our country," Sen. Benjamin Cardin(D-Md) said. "The federal government is responsible to help fund that."

Lisa Rein

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 22, 2007; 12:28 PM ET
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Let me get this straight...

Ehrlich met with the Maryland congressional delegation only once in his tenure as governor???!!!????

I always believed that Ehrlich's failure to get anything substantive out of the General Assembly was as much to do with his lack of efforts to do the face to face meetings and phone calls required to get legislation through the process. Sure, he blamed it on partisan opposition and there was truth to that as well....

but if he can't even meet with the Congressional delegation regularly (of which he was once once of them)then I think it confirms that this guy was not up to the heavy lifitng that came with the job.

Posted by: Baltimore voter | January 22, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Shows that being a lazy pompous a-- doesn't make for an effective Governor. how many times did Ehrlich appear on WBAL talk radio?

Posted by: MD4BUSH | January 22, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Great Lazy pompous a--. lousy Governor

Posted by: MD4BUSH | January 22, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes Baltimore vote, get it straight. The article claims that Ehrlich only met with them once as a group.

Which means they aren't counting how many times he met them on an individual level.

And I see the O'Malley thugs have reported in as well.

Posted by: Rufus | January 23, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Thugs??? Can you be a thug on a blog? Be careful, he's got emoticons and he's not afraid to use them!

Why don't you just come out and call them Net-Hooligans or Inter-Micks?

Then maybe we can have some virtual green beer and Jamesons and have the cyber Paddywagon take us all to the holodeck drunktank.

The point is that O'Malley is actually trying to govern as opposed to posturing, co-opting and preening.

Posted by: evan | January 23, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley had a horrible record as Mayor of Baltimore, he only became Gov because MD is a Dem state and he happened to run in a very anti-Repub yr. He's basically a nonentity.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Inter Micks, thats brilliant, I prefer interPaddy though. For me personally it would have to be


So yeah buddy bring on the Jameson's.

On the topic I agree with the first poster that its shocking, although we don't know how far both ways the disassociation went, I can't see Mikulski and the rest feeling they had to negotiate with Ehrlich too much, he was pretty obviously a flash in the pan.

Considering the proximity to DC marylanders are either the most likely or the second most likely terrorist destination. The homeland security budget should be funded along those lines, with the DC suburbs coming first. Baltimore is so low on the terrorist radar I doubt any of them even know where it is.

So yes no more freaking gas masks for Alaskan school children and Red State pork!

Posted by: DCDave | January 25, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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