Are O’Malley and Angelos Making Peace?

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The bitter enmity between Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos could be a thing of the past.

The Washington Post is reporting that the two men had dinner together in Little Italy last week, which was arranged by Senate President Thomas V. (Mike) Miller Jr.

“It was about moving forward in the future. None of the problems of the past were brought up,” Miller told the Post.

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It could be that both men realize it now makes sense to make peace.

In O’Malley’s case, making friends with Angelos at a time when the Governor’s popularity ratings are rock bottom, might serve as a insurance policy if he has to face Comptroller Peter Franchot in a tough Democratic primary battle, or former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in a general election in 2010. Although a Democrat, Angelos backed Ehrlich in the last two elections, in part because of his long-standing feud with O’Malley.

But now facing the prospect of a Barack Obama presidency for the next 4 to 8 years, Angelos could be hedging his bets by making nice with O’Malley, who is now strongly supporting Obama.

What do you think? What does the meeting mean, if anything.

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