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Dem gov. chief O'Malley bashes, thanks Rick Scott and the "tea party governors"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, was in Miami yesterday for a meet-and-greet with DGA donors and the longshoremen. (First impression: O'Malley could play well on the national stage, with a clear speaking speaking style and blue-collar sensibility from a Mason-Dixon state). We caught up with him, and O'Malley gave a taste of what the national Democratic message will be in the 2012 elections.

In some ways, it's all about Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as well as his fellow conservative Republican freshmen, Chris Christie of New Jersey, John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Their policies have made O'Malley's job a little easier, he said, in selling the Democratic message.

"This new crop of governors, this last class, the tea party governors, are helping to draw distinctions between Democratic and Republican governors that were sometimes a little more difficult to see in the past," O'Malley said. "Whether it’s in how they negotiate with labor unions -- their philosophy about infrastructure -- they live in a make-believe world. I don’t think it’s a Republican or Democratic notion that a modern economy requires modern investments, but these guys would have you believe that the beginning and end of a governor’s job is just to cut."

"They look at labor unions as the enemy," he said. "For some of them, they believe that in this crisis there is an opportunity to break unions and to even scores with political enemies. I’ve never looked at the workforce as the enemy."

O'Malley said he believes the policies of Rick Scott (who returned $2.4 billion in bullet train money to the feds, benefitting Maryland among others) will become campaign issues in the presidential race.

"You look at your own governor’s popularity, you look at Christie you look at Walker, you look at Kasich, there’s a lot of buyer’s remorse....There’s buyers remorse. In a lot of states, a lot of voters were voting for a change, and for a better economy and for more jobs. Instead, what they got was more narrow-minded ideology, and the sort of governance that drives people apart rather than bringing them together to accomplish difficult things," he said.

"They’ve elected people who are even less focused on jobs than the voters apparently thought we were. What the hell does busting unions have to do with creating jobs? Why are you turning back investments in infrastructure if you’re trying to create jobs? How can you be so cavalier about needlessly driving the country into a default if we’re trying to make the economy better and create jobs."

But this is a similar message Democrats gave in 2010, yet they got creamed at the polls. Why?

"They felt, wrongly I think, that we had taken our eye of the main issue, which is jobs and job creation. People had the sense we took our eye off of it," he said. "I think people’s impatience manifested itself in a strange aberration of the Republican Party and let’s hope for all our sakes that the more reasonable members of that party re-emerge."

O'Malley said the current debt talks in Washington aren't much help for either political party, but he said the GOP is in far greater turmoil.

"If you look at the debt ceiling, you see the two wings of the party at war for the soul of the proud party of Lincoln. What they have failed to do so far in their primaries is to generate a better concept for what it takes to get this country out of a recession and into a better economy," he said. "The primary issue is the economy and jobs and the fear in the air that our kids won't enjoy the same quality of life. People are smart enough to know there’s a big change. And they know there are winners and losers."

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tallyguy

O'Malley's in la-la land, just like most of the rest of the "Entitlement-State" elected officials in this country.

P. Stone

O'Malley does not have a large fan club here in Maryland. We can't get rid of him soon enough. Maryland was a fiscally strong state with impressive job growth...unfortunately, O'Malley has completely obliterated that status by raising taxes, spending like there is no tomorrow and chasing large corporations away to other countries and neighboring states.

Lady MarianFL

You rock, O'Malley!!! And to Rick Scott, that pompous arse, WHERE ARE THE JOBS that you and your chronies promised when campaigning??? Where are 700K/7Years jobs??? HUH? We've lost 10s of thousands with your draconian cutbacks!!! Go crawl back under whatever rock you crawled out from; you're a disgrace to this state!

PlainandSimple

Lady Marian, Martin O'Malley has the worst record for job creation of any governor in the country! It's ironic that he feels the need to lecture other governors. Unfortunately the Miami Herald reporters aren't yet familiar with Martin's silver tongue. He promises things all over the place and then backtracks. His presidential bona fides are about as real as the Baltimore Orioles shot at winning the World Series. The real players for 2016 are Cuomo and Booker.

Mike Gossman

O'Malley is only out for O'Malley. As Mayor of Baltimore, he just about destroyed the public school system, and wasted tax dollars playing "Police Chief of the Month." Now that he is governor, he is systematically destroying the state of Maryland with his "pie in the sky" outlook and his "tax and spend" ways. Marylanders cannot wait to dump him. Don't be fooled by the smooth talk.

Robert

O'Malley is a disgrace. Maryland is dead last in private sector job creation. The only reason the state has not collapsed completely is because we have so many federal employees in this state. NSA is the biggest employer in the state of Maryland.
Ask O'Malley about his bait and switch increase in the alcohol tax. The money was supposed to be dedicated to providing services for the disabled. Instead, it was earmarked for protecting 6 figure salaries for education administrators.
O'Malley's education philosophy is "money for administrators, no money for classrooms." Don't believe me, check out a Baltimore City School.

AJ

As a life long Marylander, trust me when I say that O'Malley has zero place to be lecturing others about job creation or anything related to responsible governance. We've had good governors, both Democratic & Republican, but he is the absolute worst.

During O'Malley's tenure he's presided over the largest tax increases in Maryland history and we now rank 50th in the country in job creation. Do you know who's first? Why, it's our neighbor to the south, Virginia!

The only reason he was elected and then reelected is because of Baltimore City, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince Georges County. All have very liberal populations with large minority groups who reflexively vote Democratic.

Jlou

You people who are commenting on O'Malley and don't live in Maryland have no idea what he has done to our state. Last in job creation, high taxes, fee increases, proposed gas tax increases....plus a nanny state mentality. The guy is a fraud.

Jackie Aurburn

o'malley is the worst governor ever. Md is #2 in food stamp fraud http://potomacteapartyreport.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/maryland-ranks-second-in-the-nation-in-food-stamp-fraud/
and welfare is at 30% fraud level because of illegal aliens on welfare using fake/stolen ids. He calls them his "new americans" and they all vote.. Look who he gave Stimulus $ too..A cut rate liquor dive..
http://citypaper.com/news/following-the-money-1.1080499
Md lost almost 4000 business's since Omalley imposed the largest corporate tax heist in the country for our businesses at 8.5%..He lies like hell.. http://vimeo.com/22126854
See for yourself.. We are now the 4th highest taxed state in the country and next to last for job creation. Md among top 10 in country for mortgage fraud and guess what county has the highest percentage of illegals and foreclosures? PG county!!http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/mortgage-fraud-2009 ..
Governor o'liar caters to his "new americans" his illegal aliens who vote. The taxpayers in md pay more than $2billion a year to support their scams while they get welfare and work our jobs. We have large companies that are allowed to hire them like Whiting/turner.. and he turns a blind eye. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2ue6wjPu6K8
WELCOME TO O'MALLEY LAND AND THE SANCTUARY CESS POOL OF A STATE MARYLAND..

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