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Verbose Democrats leave governor with sparse audience

One can only hope the Baltimore Ravens do a better job of clock management than the Maryland Democratic Party did during its annual pre-session legislative lunch gathering Tuesday.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, the party's leader and the subject of fulsome praise from state legislative leaders and congressional representatives alike, had to sit through extended remarks by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, five of Maryland's six Democratic U.S. representatives and U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin before getting the chance to speak. By then it was 1:51 p.m., and two-thirds of the crowd had left the event at the Annapolis Westin hotel, which began at noon.

David Sloan, the party's executive directors, did his best to put a positive spin on the event.

"Our Democratic leaders clearly have a lot of . . . good information to relate and we allow them to do so," Sloan said.

However, he allowed that the party would try to do a better job of pacing the event next year.

On another Ravens-related note, O'Malley said he had tried to arrange one of those traditional political bets between governors involving the Baltimore-Houston playoff game. He said he had proposed a bet on whether Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is running for president, would earn more percentage points in the New Hampshire primary than the Ravens will score against the Texans.

Excuse me? Perry has been polling at about a field goal in New Hampshire. A good Baltimorean should hope the Ravens can put more points on the board than that.






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