Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland's congressional delegation put partisan politics aside Monday to present a united front in the state's bid to woo the new FBI headquarters to Prince George's County.
The state's two Democratic senators and eight representatives — all but one a Democrat, met with the new Republican governor in Annapolis to review their strategy for winning the competition for the 11,000 employees who now work in the federal law enforcement agency's overcrowded offices in the District of Columbia.
"We had an election, and the election changed the political leadership (in Maryland),'' said Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Southern Maryland Democrat, "But it didn't change a single bit our unity of purpose."
Hogan expressed his solidarity with the congressional delegation in promoting the two potential FBI sites in Greenbelt and Landover over a third alternative under consideration in Virginia.
"Everybody is focused like a laser beam," he said. "This is a tremendous opportunity."
Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said at a press conference after the meeting that $190 million to $210 milllion in state and local transportation improvements may be needed to ready the Greenbelt site for the FBI complex. He vowed to shift state funds around to make it happen, and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, also prsent for the meeting, assured that he'd provide the local funding.