What do Governors Dream of When They Fall Asleep at Board of Public Works Meetings?
|What do governors dream of, when they dream a little guvna dream? Photo via Bryan Sears, The Daily Record.|
Governor O’Malley nodded off during Wednesday’s Board of Public Works Meeting. Apparently the details of a wetlands permit for the Cove Point LNG plant in Calvert County
Bryan Sears at the Daily Record broke the story.
Anyone who has had to sit through a meeting that lasted all day knows that sometimes it can be hard to stay focused.Such was the case Wednesday, when during a long and unusual Board of Public Works meeting Gov. Martin J. O’Malley appeared to have trouble keeping his eyes open.
O’Malley, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp were all part of six hours of public meetings that began in the State Treasury Building at 10 a.m. with the exciting world of state bond sales and ended up the street until about 4 p.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State House.
The timing of O’Malley’s struggles with the sandman — those early afternoon, right-after- lunch hours — came during a more than two-hour portion of the meeting set aside for discussion of wetlands permits for the controversial Cove Point liquid natural gas export facility in Lusby, Calvert County.
The heavy eyelids didn’t escape the notice of a number of attendees and reporters in the room at the time.
“He was fully briefed on the issue,” Smith said. “He responded to the issue. He voted on the issue and the issue here was the wetlands permits.”
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Smith did not dispute that the governor may have closed his eyes for a few seconds but said “he was listening intently.”
She noted the length of the Wednesday schedule and the difficulty of sitting through a six-hour long meeting.
“He’s only human,” she said.
Indeed, O’Malley has had a difficult schedule of late that has included traveling out of state to raise money — a move that is seen as connected to a potential 2016 presidential campaign — as well as meetings to discuss how religious and other charitable organizations might assist with the housing and care of some of the more than 57,000 Central American children who have illegally crossed the border into the United States from Mexico since October.