Ap And O'malley Both Went Fishing

THE TALK

July 10, 2009|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,Laura.Vozzella@baltsun.com

After South Carolina's Mark Sanford pulled his disappearing act, the Associated Press rang up the nation's 49 other governors to see if any of them were AWOL. "Where in the world are your governors?" the headline read.

Martin O'Malley's story sounded fishier than most.

"Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was fishing with his 10-year-old son," AP reported.

A likely story! Where'd they cast their lines, Argentina?

O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the governor really was fishing, on Upstate New York's Cranberry Lake, with one of his sons, William, who, it turns out, is 11.

"It would have been easier to point to two press conferences in the governor's reception room and private meetings in the State House," Abbruzzese said. "In our case, he really was fishing."

While on vacation, O'Malley checked in by phone and BlackBerry several times a day, Abbruzzese said.

As proof, Abbruzzese provided photos from the trip, snapped either by the family friend whose cabin O'Malley stayed at or a friend of that friend, who came along for some of the excursions. One of the pictures shows O'Malley, in cargo pants and vacation beard, out in the woods, BlackBerrying some bureaucrat back in Annapolis.

Duncan feeds speculation

Steamed crabs will come with a side order of political intrigue Wednesday, when Doug Duncan makes an appearance at the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.

Maryland politicos have it that Duncan, the former Montgomery County exec who ran against Governor O'Malley in the Democratic primary three years ago, is mulling a challenge. This time, it's said that Duncan would run with former Prince George's Exec Wayne Curry, with Curry at the top of the ticket and Duncan running as his lieutenant.

At least that's the gossip, fanned recently by news that Duncan and Curry planned to visit the Crisfield crab-and-politics feast together.

As it turns out, Curry probably won't be there. But he'd planned to accompany Duncan before something work-related - he's a lawyer at Billy Murphy's Baltimore law firm - popped up, Duncan said. Curry did not return calls seeking comment.

What are they up to?

Duncan described his reasons for attending as more business than politics. He is vice president of research and business development at Rockville-based CivicUS, which does research for state and local governments.

"We have nine employees. We're bringing them all down," Duncan said. "I thought it would be nice for them to see some [government leaders] up close and personal."

So why was Curry going to tag along?

"We're good Democratic friends," Duncan said, "and we're exploring options."

Ehrlich sits one out

Also from the Political Tease Department: After serving as grand marshal of the Arbutus and Dundalk Fourth of July parades, former Gov. Bob Ehrlich will take a pass on this year's Tawes.

Laura Vozzella appears Fridays.

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