O'Malley, wife to greet public following swearing-in ceremony
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will host a receiving line for the public following his inauguration to a second term on Wednesday, his office announced.
O'Malley and his wife, Catherine Curran O'Malley, a District Court judge, plan to start greeting guests at Government House, the governor's residence in Annapolis, starting around 2 p.m.
The reception is part of what aides are billing as a toned-down inaugural day to reflect the state's tough fiscal times and the fact that O'Malley is already a sitting governor.
O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) are scheduled to be sworn in at noon in the Senate chambers of the State House, as directed by the Maryland constitution. That event is by invitation only.
The governor and lieutenant governor are expected to emerge at 12:30 for a public ceremony, which will include remarks from both members of the ticket.
O'Malley's office is encouraging members of the public wishing to attend the inauguration to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Taylor Avenue. Shuttles will transport spectators to the State House for the outdoor ceremony, aides said.
In a nod to the state's fiscal condition, a traditional inaugural parade has been canceled, and the "black-tie optional" ball that O'Malley hosted following his 2007 swearing-in has been replaced by a "business cocktail attire" gathering at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.
O'Malley won re-election Nov. 2 over former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). O'Malley's margin of victory of more than 14 percentage points was double what it was in 2006.
| January 18, 2011; 4:36 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, Governor, John Wagner
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