Comptroller Peter Franchot, who as chairman of the Board of Revenue Estimates was on hand to approve the new figures on Thursday, told The Washington post that the numbers are "proof positive that something is wrong." Del. Nic Kipke, the House minority leader, issued a statement concluding, "Clearly, all is not well in Maryland's fiscal house." Sen. David R. Brinkley, the Senate minority leader, issued his own statement, referring to Maryland's budget situation as a "crisis" brought on by a lack of fiscal restraint by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democrats who control the General Assembly. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor, had been sounding similar themes even before this last batch of numbers was released. In an interview with The Sun's editorial board last week, for example, he said, "There's no reason why Virginia has a billion-dollar rainy day fund, and every year our General Assembly goes down with a billion-dollar deficit."