Updated: O'Malley, Fenty concedes on Northrop Grumman, congratulates Virginia
It looks like Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is conceding the Northrop Grumman headquarters battle to Virginia. We just received the following statement from O'Malley:
"Northrop Grumman's decision today is a win for the entire Greater Washington region, and I want to congratulate the State of Virginia. Maryland has one the most highly-skilled workforces in the country, and already employs more than 20,000 skilled Northop Grumman and Lockheed Martin employees. With today's announcement the region will not only gain new corporate-level jobs, but a number of the company's key subcontractors and suppliers. I want to thank the members of our Congressional Delegation, business leaders and legislative and county partners, who played an integral role in our efforts to attract this company to Maryland."
Maryland's loss is already becoming a campaign issue, with Republican challenger Bob Ehrlich chiding O'Malley for losing out to Virginia.
Updated, 8;30 p.m.: D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty tells the Post tonight: "We are thrilled that another major international corporation chose to move its headquarters to the Washington region. My administration will continue to be as aggressive as possible in bringing more top flight companies to the District of Columbia."
Still no official word from the Virginia governor's office, though sources say Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is scheduled to announce tomorrow the Commonwealth will be the defense giant's new home.
April 26, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
Categories: Rosalind Helderman | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Northrop Grumman
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