Governor Martin O’Malley is blaming his predecessor, Bob Ehrlich, for losses at the Hilton Baltimore, a city owned luxury hotel.
In 2005, then Mayor Martin O’Malley pushed the project through the Baltimore City Council, which committed $300 million in city taxpayer dollars to build the hotel. Now, O’Malley is blaming Ehrlich for not committing state money to the project.
Baltimore City taxpayers could be on the hook for future debt payments as city officials stated future debt payments might come from the city’s general fund.
Current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, walked sideways from the issue When WBAL asked if the city was open to selling the property, “as I said, the hotel board will make recommendations. I wouldn’t make any decisions until I was fully informed about all the options.” Rawlings-Blake, a close political ally of O’Malley, voted for the project when she was a member of the city council.
O’Malley sated he was open to the state helping the city. Translation—a state taxpayer bailout.