LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and David Simon, the creator of the HBO show “The Wire”, have not been each other’s biggest fans, historically.
Simon has said O’Malley was one of his inspirations for the fictional politician Tommy Carcetti, who rose over the course of “The Wire” from a Baltimore City councilmember to mayor to Maryland governor, just like O’Malley. He has also said he is not a huge fan of some of O’Malley’s policies.
And O’Malley, Davis says, hates “The Wire.”
But when the men ran into each other on an Amtrak train recently, they still chatted and took a selfie together, according to Simon’s blog.
Davis says he spotted O’Malley in New York, but waited until after they had passed Wilmington, Delaware to make a move, “for fear that the Governor of Maryland and I would not be able to endure the requisite formalities of forced proximity for much longer than that,” he writes.
At the advice of his son, who he texted about the encounter, Davis bought O’Malley a fresh beer (he had noticed him sipping a Corona) and they exchanged pleasantries before he returned to his seat.
A few minutes later, Davis says O’Malley patted the seat next to him.
“Come on, Dave,” he said. “We’re getting to be old men at this point. Sit, talk.”
And they did. About immigration, about music and about how O’Malley still hates “The Wire.” To read Davis’s full account of the encounter, read his blog post.