O'Malley gets an earful from Joe Biden
Or maybe it was the other way around.
Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of five state executives on a conference call today with Vice President Joe Biden, whose job includes riding herd on the progress of the $787 billion stimulus package.
The calls--there were two of them, with mayors and county executives of both major parties also taking part--are a regular part of Biden's effort to keep in touch with some of the people responsible for spending the money that Washington has been doling out.
Biden's office did not release any details of the calls, so it wasn't clear what transpired on them. Or if the Veep told the governors, mayors and county execs about the most exciting part of his day: his lunch with President Barack Obama at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia, a five-minute drive from the White House (if you have a motorcade and plenty of cops to clear the intersections).
Joe had a swiss cheese burger with jalapeno peppers and paid cash.
Here's a list of those on the calls, as provided by the VP's office:
Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
· Governor Christine Gregoire (D-WA)
· Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD)
· Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)
· Governor Bob Riley (R-AL)
MAYORS / COUNTY EXECUTIVES
· Mayor Michael Coleman (D – Columbus, OH)
· Mayor Jill Duson (D – Portland, ME)
· Mayor Jim Humphrey (R – Fort Myers, FL)
· Mayor Sam Jones (D – Mobile, AL)
· Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel (D – Evansville, IN)
· County Commissioner Keith Langenhahn (D – Marathon County, WI)
· County Judge Executive F.G. ”Buddy” Villines (D – Pulaski County, AR)