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No one in the audience nodded off, even though health care is probably the most mundanetopic you can think of. Maybe they were all really into individual mandates and pre-existing conditions, or maybe it had something to do with Mr. Gray’s trademark humor.
“For those of you whose eyes are glazing over, you have just joined the ranks of many Americans,” he told the audience.
Moments earlier, he feigned shock at a suggestion that the nation's highest court might be swayed by partisan ideology.
Mrs. Franchot’s calming presence
He almost made it.
Mr. Franchot announced early in proceedings that his wife, Anne Maher, was there attending her first board meeting. The comptroller serves on the board with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp. All three are Democrats.
Mr. Franchot and Mr. O'Malley often disagree and trade barbs, but the meeting was relatively civil until the board settled on the topic of whether to allow a casino at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Allegany County.
The comptroller, an ardent gambling opponent who has famously called slots “the crack cocaine of gambling,” voted in favor of the measure along with his colleagues - not because he likes casinos, he said, but because it would get the debt-ridden off the state’s hands and into those of a private developer.
“I want to thank Mrs. Franchot for being here,” the governor chimed in, to even more laughs.
But all the laughter and good will stopped there. Moments later, Mr. Franchot launched into a lengthy monologue about how expanding the state’s gambling program would do little to create jobs or help residents, and instead would provide a “sweetheart deal” to developers while serving as a “profound embarrassment for the state.”
“In deference to the hour, to the time and the distinguished company here at the meeting, I’ll reserve my response for another day,” he said.
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