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O'Malley: Not looking out for the 'country club set'


Martin O'Malley the populist was back on stage Tuesday morning -- and how.

The governor was asked after an unrelated news conference about conditions his administration has attached to its support for a deal between Constellation Energy Group and Électricité de France that is pending before the state's Public Service Commission.

A reporter pressed O'Malley (D) on why the concessions, which include one-time consumer rate credits, are strikingly similar to those he previously sought during failed negotiations with Constellation.

Pledges to provide rate relief to customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric, which Constellation owns and which serves more than 1.1 million residences in Maryland, have dogged O'Malley ever since he took office. The BGE service area covers central Maryland, including small parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

The governor's response, with raised voice, included several references to country clubs and the Center Club, a members-only establishment for business leaders in downtown Baltimore.

Here's an abbreviated version: "Our position has always been to protect consumers. ... I work for the people of Maryland. I don't work for Constellation Energy. I work for consumers. I don't work for the country club set that pats each other on the back and tells them what a great job they do when they stick it to consumers with 70 percent rate increases. ... I work for the consumers and the people of Maryland. I work for the people. Thanks a lot."

By John Wagner  |  October 27, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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