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O'Malley and Franchot Break Bread

Could relations between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) be starting to thaw?

The pair, who have sparred over slots and several other issues, shared lunch today at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis -- a restaurant whose motto is "Where Great Minds Meet." Facilitating the tete-a-tete was Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery).

"It went very well, as far as I know," Franchot spokesman Joe Shapiro said later this afternoon. "They got together to have a casual but frank discussion about how they could work together to move the state forward."

Shapiro characterized Frosh as "a mutual friend" who acted as "the middle person setting things up." Franchot was a longtime delegate from Montgomery County before his 2006 election as comptroller.

Frosh, chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, described the lunch as "a social occasion" that included discussion of Ravens football as well as the fiscal outlook.

"It just seemed like a good idea for the three of us to get together," he said.

By John Wagner  |  January 7, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
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