Celebrating and protesting
As Gov. Martin O’Malley traveled to and from the new Maryland State Police barrack near Hagerstown on Monday, protesters waved signs expressing their displeasure with three O’Malley-backed measures — in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, same-sex marriage and redrafted congressional districts.
Del. Neil C. Parrott, who helped organize the protest, joined the governor to celebrate the new barrack, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
After returning to the rally, Parrott, a Republican, said he was “thankful” that O’Malley, a Democrat, came to Western Maryland.
Parrott was one of five Republicans in the Washington County delegation to vote against the state budget this year.
During budget debate in Annapolis, some lawmakers argued that those who vote against the budget shouldn’t attend ribbon-cuttings for state-funded projects later on.
Asked about that, Parrott said: “The tax dollars belong to the citizens of the state. It doesn’t belong to the governor or the people who voted for the budget. I’m here today to show my support for the state police.”
Two other Washington County Republicans who voted against the budget — Del. Andrew A. Serafini and Sen. Christopher B. Shank — tagged along as O’Malley toured Hagerstown Community College, but they did not attend the police barrack ribbon-cutting.
Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, an O’Malley supporter and budget backer, was by the governor’s side much of the day, including at the barrack event.
Martin and Martin
At the Central Maryland AFL-CIO office in Hagerstown, Gov. Martin O’Malley suggested Monday that he and city Councilman Martin E. Brubaker have more in common than their Democratic Party affiliation.
O’Malley said he thinks Brubaker is “the only other elected public servant in Maryland whose mother gave him the first name Martin. I think we’re the only two elected Martins in the state. I’m not sure about that. There’s a bar bet there for you somewhere.”
Happy on the sidelines
Gov. Martin O’Malley also acknowledged former Del. D. Bruce Poole, a Democrat, at the AFL-CIO event.
“Between the sitting delegate and the former delegate, the former delegate always looks happier,” O’Malley said.
To O’Malley and Del. John P. Donoghue, Poole replied: “I’m happy to see both of you in the positions you’re in.”
— Andrew Schotz