O’Malley planning more foreign travel
The governor noted that Brazil, with its booming economy would help round out his tour through emerging nations frequently referred to as the “BRIC” countries. (Should his Brazil trip go forward, O’Malley would only be missing Russia.) O’Malley said he’d like to go to Brazil next year.
The governor also said he’d like to visit Africa, noting the number of international relief agencies based in Maryland that do work there. “Not to mention the contributions from that continent,” O’Malley said.
The cost to taxpayers for the six day India trip was roughly $140,000, said Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson. O’Malley led a delegation of 100 on the trip, which he said helped seal business deals worth $60 million.
The governor said that he appreciated traveling in India with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L Baker III and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and said he’d previously hesitated to invite county leaders on foreign travel.
“We are all familiar with the political liabilities that come from whenever our elected officials are traveling,” said O’Malley. “You assume that, without question, you are going to get the articles that are critical of you traveling when you should be doing other things at home.”