Md. Dems plan move to Rams Head Tavern
Come next month, people looking for the headquarters of the Maryland Democrats could find a party of another sort: The staff is about to move into office space that is part of the historic Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis.
The relocation will end more than a decade spent toiling in relative obscurity. Since 1997, the Maryland Democratic Party has been operating out of windowless basement offices beneath some shops on Main Street.
The entrance to the party's new space is literally next door to the entrance of the main bar of the Rams Head on West Street. (The yellow door between the two parked cars in the photo above will be the way into the party.)
"We will be inextricably linked to the tavern," said Travis Tazelaar, the Democratic Party's executive director.
Tazelaar said the Democrats are renting about 2,500 square feet of office space that spans three stories of the Rams Head building.
The Rams Head includes a restaurant and adjacent music venue where recent acts have included O'Malley's March, the Celtic rock band fronted by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).
Besides being easier to find, the Democrats' new location also has a practical benefit: Cell phones will work there. Staffers say coverage in the current basement office space is spotty at best, which is hardly conducive to modern political work.
The new office also happens to be just down the block from the more stately headquarters of the Maryland Republican Party (shown here). Despite the Democrats' dominance of state politics, the GOP has long had the fancier digs.
One of Maryland's most prominent Democrats, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), said his party's new location has some advantages.
"The Rams Head is one of the most popular spots in Annapolis," Busch said. "It certainly should give a bit more visibility to the party."
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