Franchot has Republican friends
Comptroller Peter Franchot, who has sparred with fellow Democrats and particularly Gov. Martin O’Malley, appears to be able to count on Republicans for allies.
At a forum for a business group across the street from the State House today, Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman singled out the state’s chief tax collector for praise, saying Franchot “had it right” when he accused Annapolis powerbrokers of having a spending problem. The comptroller has criticized Democratic leaders and called for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s spending practices. At the same forum of the Maryland Economic Development Association, also made a point of noting that Franchot stood up to his party.House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell
The bipartisanship did not go unnoticed. “I’m starting to believe Franchot is the new head of the Republican caucus,” House Speaker Michael E. Busch joked.
-- Laura Smitherman