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O'Malley-Angelos Rapprochement?

The frigid relationship between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos recently thawed long enough for the two men to share a meal in Baltimore's Little Italy.

O'Malley and Angelos were brought together for dinner at Boccaccio this month by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), O'Malley confirmed last week.

"It was a very cordial and casual conversation," Miller said, when later asked about the gathering. "It was about moving forward in the future. None of the problems of the past were brought up."

The shared enmity dates to the early days of O'Malley's tenure in Baltimore, when the young mayor and Angelos, a wealthy trial lawyer and member of the city's old guard, sparred over development and other issues.

O'Malley irked Angelos later by saying he could support a new baseball club in Washington while Angelos was fighting the idea.

Though a prolific donor to Democrats nationally, Angelos cozied up to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland's first Republican governor in a generation, whom O'Malley defeated in November 2006.

It remains to be seen whether the dinner signals a new direction in the personal and political relationships between the governor and Angelos, who declined to comment through a representative.

"The governor was happy to accept the invitation," said O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese. "It was a very forward-looking dinner."

By Anne Bartlett  |  June 30, 2008; 11:48 AM ET
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