Montgomery and Prince George's county executives plan to share lunch in Baltimore Friday to offer their support to the city in the aftermath of last week's rioting and to encourage residents of the Washington region to visit there.
Isiah "Ike" Leggett of Montgomery and Rushern L. Baker III of Prince George's said they will travel to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture for lunch to show their support for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake -- a fellow Democrat and frequent political ally.
The leaders of Maryland's two largest counties said they chose the museum because Lewis, a city native, was "a great example of the drive and creativity that the people of Baltimore exhibit each and every day."
"We want to show our support with our wallets as we encourage our citizens and people around the state to come to Baltimore," Baker said. "We are One Maryland, and Maryland is at its best when we all work together to ensure our collective success."
Leggett said he's confident the city will bounce back.
"Our visit is symbolic, but it is very intentional," he said. "We need a strong Baltimore in Maryland and everyone citizen of this great state needs to understand how important this city and its people are to the growth of the state."
Both counties sent officers to Baltimore after the April 27 rioting to bolster the city police department's efforts to keep the peace.