Speak Out: Should O'Malley Have Sided Against Montgomery County Officials?
Was it appropriate for the governor to get involved in a local controversy over an organic farm?
A local controversy got some high profile attention Tuesday when Gov. Martin O’Malley weighed in on whether Nick's Organic Farm in Potomac should be converted into soccer fields.
O’Malley came out in favor of the farm and against Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County School Board, which want the acreage to be used as playing fields.
O'Malley's statement favoring Nick’s Organic Farm added fuel to what already has been an intense conflict between county residents and county leaders.
O’Malley wrote the letter in response to an Aug. 6 meeting with farm supporters, including the Maravell family, which operates the farm.
The governor’s comments made national headlines.
The Huffington Post’s headline was: “Martin O'Malley Weighs In On Intense Garden Fight.” Other news organizations appeared to consider the state response a definite blow to the county’s hardball defense of the soccer field project.
What do you think of the governor’s comments? Should he have gotten involved?