ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- He may be 14 months out of office, but former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) still gets the occasional perk. That was evident in a packed legislative hearing room here last month, when Culver was invited to sit near members of the House Economic Matters Committee, rather than stand, during a long hearing on a bill to place 50 to 100 wind turbines on the intercontinental shelf off Ocean City, Md. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who is trying a second time to push the proposal through the state Legislature, jokingly described himself as a warmup act for Culver, who was appearing on behalf of Atlantic Wind Connection, a consortium of companies seeking to build a 350-mile "backbone" to connect wind energy facilities in the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Virginia.