Gov. Larry Hogan angered lawmakers by comparing their attendance during the 90-day General Assembly session to a rowdy college spring break.
Hogan made his comments while on the C4 Show on WBAL radio, and one Democratic state senator responded on the Senate floor by demanding an apology.
“They come into town and it’s like they’re on spring break,” Hogan said. “They come here for a few weeks. They start breaking up the furniture and throwing beer bottles off the balcony. All kinds of crazy stuff. Luckily in a few weeks they go home and we go back to running the state and making progress like we have done for the last year.”
The comments drew an almost immediate response from angry legislators, including Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, D-Baltimore County and chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Zirkin went on to outline many of the bills his committee has taken testimony on, including those dealing with drunken driving offenses, rape and sexual assaults and end-of-life decisions.
“I don’t recall that being my spring break from college,” Zirkin said.
“The governor owes this body and the body across the hall and the citizens of Maryland another apology,” Zirkin said. “Because holding press conferences and taking credit for things you had nothing to do with — I don’t know how he has time for Twitter and Facebook but that seems to be all that we get is messages about that. That’s not governing and it’s certainly not being a statesman.”
“I’m insulted and I think everyone here should be insulted and quite frankly if the governor doesn’t know what we do down here then he should come down and sit and watch for a little while,” Zirkin said.
The tone of the political rhetoric is definitely heating up despite the frigid temperatures.
If this really were spring break on MTV, we’d all be looking forward to the midsession party next Friday (day 45 of the 90-day session) and a performance by Pitbull.