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Posted at 4:23 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

O'Malley plans scaled-down inaugural celebration

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for o'malley-serious.JPGIn recognition of the state's continuing economic challenges, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is scaling back his Jan. 19 inaugural activities compared to four years ago.

The traditional inaugural parade has been scrapped, and the "black-tie optional" ball of 2007 has been replaced by a "business cocktail attire" gathering at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

In addition to purchasing $75 tickets (discounted to $50 for students and seniors), attendees of the Inaugural Celebration, as it's being billed, are also being asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the Maryland Food Bank.

WA1MDlogo.gif"It'll be somewhat scaled down for two reasons," O'Malley said in an interview Monday. "For one, these are austere times, and two, it's also a reelection. ... While it's important that we celebrate this milestone in our history, we also need to demonstrate an awareness of the difficulties that families throughout our state are facing."

Among those returning to help O'Malley celebrate will be the Saw Doctors, the rock band from Ireland that the governor counts among his favorites.

O'Malley would not say whether his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March, will play at the inaugural event as well, as they did four years ago. He did confirm that "the Saw Doctors are coming over" and said that all other musical acts will be local.

Prior to his Jan. 19 swearing-in, which takes place outside the State House in Annapolis, O'Malley has also planned a Day of Service on Jan. 17 and a Youth Inaugural event Jan. 18.

By John Wagner  | January 3, 2011; 4:23 PM ET
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What would be a better sign of sympathy for the state workers OMalley has furloughed and is about to fire for no fault of their own, would be cutting his office staff and their salaries by at least 10 percent. Perhaps he could must up some political courage and use his Irish charm to persaude Mthe two Mikes (Busch, and Miller) to do likewise on the legislature side. So far OMalley has shown that he believes the working class people who run the state are expendable.

Posted by: VikingRider | January 3, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

OmG..You gotta pay to see this nightmare re-elected? I bet his New americans go for free. They just have to show their fake id's and social service independence card..

Posted by: amdactivist | January 3, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

O'malley asks attendees to bring can goods for the poor. wonder where his admission fees go? Oh I know.. Pay off to new americans for their votes. I think the poor meaning the unemployed.Since he took office he allows illegal aliens to work all our state jobs and caused the largest tax heist in the country by imposing a 8.5% corporate tax on our businesses in '08 causing more than 3000 businesses gone and over 240,000 employees out of a job. Oops.. Did I reveal one of your hush hush blunders? HOw's your rockville editor friend who posted you as governor of the year doing? Hilarious.

Posted by: amdactivist | January 4, 2011 6:16 AM | Report abuse

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