Ehrlich Responds to O'Malley on Ailing Baltimore City Hilton
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:22 PM EDT
According to a new report from Moody's credit agency, the city-owned Hilton Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is so far behind projections that city taxpayers will have to pay off the bonds.
The hotel was built in 2005 when Martin O'Malley was Mayor. He pushed for the project, urging that it would help boost convention business in Baltimore.
City leaders decided to use taxpayer-backed bonds to finance the $300 million hotel but to date it has not turned a profit.
During an interview last week O'Malley blamed former Governor Bob Ehrlich for not supporting the hotel with state funds. Now Ehrlich is fighting back.
"There is a reason no private developer was interested in this property in the first place,” Ehrlich said. "Now seven years later it's gone belly-up. They made a bad decision that they knew was a bad decision many years ago."