A week before the governor delivers his "State of the State" address in the ornate Maryland House of Delegates chamber, the state's tax collector will today orate on the "State of the Treasury" in a Bethesda bank building.
It will be the first such address in recent memory by a state comptroller -- and one sure to raise eyebrows about Peter Franchot's political aspirations.
He says he's just following the law of the land.
"It's very specific in the state constitution," said Franchot, a Montgomery County Democrat. "There's a directive that the comptroller shall give, within 10 days of the legislature meeting, a report of the treasury."