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O'Malley: Franchot Is "Throwing Stones"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley unloaded this morning on Comptroller Peter Franchot, saying his fellow Democrat's vocal opposition to November's slots referendum amounts to "throwing stones in a hypocritical way."

O'Malley's comments to reporters came in advance of a campaign kickoff this afternoon by Marylanders United To Stop Slots, a group in which Franchot is playing a visible role. Franchot, a former Montgomery County delegate, supported the legalization of slots at one point in his legislative career.

O'Malley argued that passage of the referendum is needed to complete a long-term plan for balancing the state budget that was advanced in last fall's special session of the General Assembly.

"The comptroller has had the wonderful luxury of sitting back and doing nothing to help us restore fiscal responsibility while throwing stones in a hypocritical way at the one piece of this, the 25 percent that is slots, a measure that he once himself voted for, but he's not at all ever troubled by his inherent contradictions, and he never saw two sides of an issue that he couldn't be simultaneously in favor of," O'Malley said.

Voters will be asked in November whether to legalize up to 15,000 machines at five locations in Baltimore and Allegany, Anne Arundel, Cecil and Worcester counties.

By John Wagner  |  April 16, 2008; 1:32 PM ET
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