Top Democrats from the Maryland General Assembly skipped breakfast with the governor Wednesday to express displeasure over how Gov. Larry Hogan released details of his budget.
Hogan, a first-term Republican, met with reporters Tuesday and released his highlights of the budget a day before he delivers his spending plan to the General Assembly.
But Democratic lawmakers Tuesday made a point of mentioning at a news conference that Hogan had not yet briefed them. By the afternoon there were rumblings they might skip the 8:30 Wednesday breakfast briefing. And the following day they followed through on that threat.
“It was super late notice and the budget was already public so there wasn’t much of a point,” said a spokesman for House Speaker Michael E. Busch. The spokesman said Democrats were invited Tuesday around 7:30 a.m. The year before they were given notice a week in advance.
Douglass Mayer, a spokesman for the governor, confirmed that Democrats sent their regrets but held out hope and offered pork — the breakfast meat, not projects.
“Being upset about breakfast invites seems a tad juvenile and the exact kind of thing Marylanders are really tired of,” Mayer said.
Mayer said the breakfast will go on as scheduled. Republican lawmakers are still expected in attendance.
“Breakfast is still happening,” Mayer said. “(We) hope they show up, coffee is hot, scrapple is on the table — very special scrapple from the Eastern Shore.”