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Willard Hackerman

O'Malley's sweetheart deal

O'Malley's sweetheart deal

When Martin O'Malley left the governor's mansion in January, he and his wife were allowed to buy for $9,638 dozens of pieces of furniture the taxpayers had spent $62,000 to purchase, most of it eight years earlier, on the grounds that it was "junk" that would otherwise have been thrown away. Those involved in engineering that arrangement insist that it was entirely above board and represented a good deal for the public. We have a hard time buying either assertion, and the fact that former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his family evidently did the same thing to a lesser extent doesn't make it any better. If this is how business has been conducted by the state, it...

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