Jul 29, 2014
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Crowd Reacts to O'Malley's Parade Appearance

A lukewarm response greeted Gov. Martin O'Malley at the Bel Air Independence Day Parade.

Most community members were less than enthusiastic about Gov. Martin O'Malley's appearance at the  Monday evening.

"One of the highlights of my parade is when Mr. O'Malley comes by and I get to turn my back on him," Terry Tipton of Bel Air said beforehand. "He is not the governor in my mind."

Some others agreed.

Elaine Rumke, also of Bel Air, said she didn't have an interest in seeing O'Malley.

"I think he spends too much and has broken a lot of promises," Rumke said.

Michael Powers of Kingsville put it bluntly: "I'll boo at him when he comes by."

Rhonda Watkins was more positive, but still skeptical. She said O'Malley's parade appearance serves the public good.

"It shows his patriotism, but it also shows some sort of political game," Watkins said.

Jennifer Moses of Belcamp said she didn't know O'Malley would make an appearance at the parade but summed up many visitors' reactions.

"I'm kind of surprised that he would come here, given it's largely a Republican area," she said.

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