Not too long ago, the governor espoused slots as a way of saving the MD horse racing industry and subsequently the Preakness. From the Washington Post – Nov 11, 2006:
Gov.-elect Martin O’Malley called upon the Maryland General Assembly yesterday to legalize slot machine gambling at horse tracks, saying he was "sick of this issue" but feared that the state’s racing industry could collapse if lawmakers did not find common ground early in his term.
Isn’t it ironic that slots have passed and now O’Malley is pushing legislation to once again save the Preakness?
Leadership isn’t placation of the news media with regard to constant reaction and the topic du jour. It usually means devising unpopular, long term solutions to problems.