The hatchet remains unburied
Even though the slots vote is now history, it's too soon for a make-up hug between Gov. O'Malley and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Our colleagues Gadi Dechter and Laura Smitherman report the following from Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting:
"Yesterday, Franchot said he was "obviously disappointed" at the passage of the slots measure he publicly campaigned against, but struck a conciliatory note. "I believe now it’s time to drop the sword between the two sides," he told reporters after a Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis.
During the meeting, Franchot praised the O’Malley for recent budget cuts and suggested it was "time for all of us to refocus on the fiscal crisis" facing the state.
O’Malley seemed disinclined to take up Franchot’s offer to bury the hatchet between them. "I don’t think a day has gone by where I haven’t been focused on the fiscal crisis," O’Malley said after the meeting. "And I welcome the comptroller’s return to that important work."