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Updated: O'Malley, Fenty concedes on Northrop Grumman, congratulates Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

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.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 26, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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Comments

Maryland will reap zero benefits upon the arrival of NG's HQs. Why would an employee of NG work in Virginia and commute from Maryland? They wouldn't, Maryland citizens and their businesses are burdened with outrageous taxes set forth by Martin O'Malley and the Democrat leadership. It is because of these taxes individuals, families, and businesses flee from this unwelcoming state.

Posted by: bill4liberty | April 26, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"My administration will continue to be as aggressive as possible in bringing more top flight companies to the District of Columbia."
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Any city that has a rate of $1.50 per mile on their taxi meters doesn't deserve top flight companies.

Posted by: starclimber9 | April 26, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Governor O'Malley: We are a Commonwealth not a state...But being from Maryland I would not expect him to understand that.

Posted by: NovaRep4467 | April 27, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

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."

Maybe he still hasn't realize he did not get the company. But I wouldn't blame NG they would just hire more parking people to lay in wait for their employees.

Posted by: 411Tibby | April 30, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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