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O'Malley: Extended D.C. Bar Hours Might Strain Police Resources

Gov. Martin O'Malley came just short this morning of criticizing the DC Council's emergency law allowing bars and nightclubs in the District to stay open all night during inauguration week.

"I would hope we would not distract from the main challenge we're facing, which is getting people in and out of the city safely," the governor said on the WTOP radio's "Ask the Governor" show.

He said that while he understands that the inauguration is an "extraordinary national event," he is concerned that the relaxed bar hours will strain police resources. But pressed to call the relaxed hours a mistake, he wouldn't.

O'Malley said he is scheduled to meet this week with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to discuss transportation logistics for Marylanders planning to travel to the festivities.

By Lisa Rein  |  December 15, 2008; 12:04 PM ET
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This is the Martin O'Malley who was mayor of Baltimore, where cars are kept off the Fells Point streets at closing time so drunken frat boys and townies will have enough room to fight when they are kicked out of all the bars?

Yeah, it must be. He and his bar band are still packing up, and don't hear the sirens of the squad cars and ambulances.

Posted by: MikeLicht | December 16, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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