Annapolis notes

January 22, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

On the menu at the deli: Grilled politician

Officially, Martin O'Malley became governor of Maryland on Wednesday, when he took his oath of office at the State House.

But to truly become established in Annapolis, one needs to get on the menu at Chick & Ruth's Delly, a few blocks from the State House. O'Malley already had his own "governor of Maryland" sandwich before he took office.

For the "Martin O'Malley" sandwich, the deli picked roast beef, provolone cheese, horseradish and lettuce on rye bread.

The "Anthony G. Brown," in honor of the new lieutenant governor, is a tossed salad topped with sliced rib-eye steak.

Western Marylanders with a more conservative hunger might prefer the "Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr.": a veggie burger with lettuce, tomato and provolone on toasted whole wheat that pays homage to the Congressman.

As you're surely wondering, it appears that baloney is not matched with any politicians.


A backflip for the guv?

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was one of several prominent Democrats to share Inauguration Day with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.

Both U.S. senators from Maryland - Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin - were there, along with former U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and area representatives in Congress.

Former governors William Donald Schaefer, Harry R. Hughes and Marvin Mandel were seated on the stage during the outdoor ceremony. (Robert Ehrlich, the Republican whom O'Malley defeated in November, sat in the crowd.)

Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty; Providence, R.I., Mayor David N. Cicilline; and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean were there, too.

Also on the guest list were: Noel Fahey, Ireland's ambassador to the U.S.; John Bruton, the European Union ambassador to the U.S. and former prime minister of Ireland; and Dominique Dawes, a three-time Olympic gymnast.

O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese didn't know Dawes' connection to O'Malley and Brown.

Maybe it was simply that Dawes is a Silver Spring, Md., native.

What could have been ...

Ending the Democratic grip on the governorship of more than 30 years, Republican Robert Ehrlich defeated Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in the 2002 election.

On Wednesday, when Democrats officially recaptured the top position with Martin O'Malley, Kennedy Townsend was there.

She was among the crowd in the State House rotunda, watching a closed-circuit TV broadcast of O'Malley's swearing-in ceremony in the Senate chamber.

Calling the day "exciting" and "fabulous," Kennedy Townsend said, "We got our state back as we're working to get our country back."

Hey hey, ho ho

There was no cheer coming from a sidewalk opposite the State House before Wednesday's inauguration ceremony for Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony A. Brown.

"Hey, Maryland! Just face it! Death row is racist!" a handful of protesters with signs shouted.

Standing near them were a couple of people with a vice-presidential level of unrest. Identifying themselves as part of the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee, their signs said: "Impeach Cheney First."

Happy birthday to ... Maryland

Tradition says that a person gets gifts on his or her birthday.

The calendar turned that tradition on its ear last week for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

On Thursday, a day after he was sworn in, O'Malley turned 44 years old. It also was the day he unveiled, for fiscal 2008, his proposed $30 billion operating budget and $1.5 billion capital budget, filled with goodies for all of Maryland, if you want to look at it that way.

By state law, O'Malley was required to have a budget proposal by Friday.

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