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MD. Gov. Martin O'Malley backs Charlie Crist in governor's race


Perhaps more interesting than Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley bashing Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the minimum wage is that the Democrat is taking sides in a primary by endorsing Charlie Crist over Nan Rich.

O'Malley is a past chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association, which just contributed $500,000 to Crist, and he'll probably run for president if Hillary Clinton doesn't.


The email:

During his 2010 campaign for Governor, Rick Scott was asked live on CNN what Florida's minimum wage was.

He got the answer wrong.

It's no wonder he's since refused to listen to the overwhelming number of Floridians -- including a majority of Republicans -- who want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Fortunately, Charlie Crist is leading the fight to make that happen. He understands that when workers make more money, businesses have more customers -- that raising the wage lifts all boats.

He'll take action as Florida's next Governor, but we need Congress to do the same for all Americans.

No one who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty. That's why, in Maryland, we worked with business owners, workers, faith leaders, and activists to raise our minimum wage to $10.10. Our action will lift over 400,000 of our state's residents out of poverty.

In Florida, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would directly affect over 1.2 million workers and their families.

Doing the same nationally would create demand for new jobs and reduce government spending because fewer of our neighbors will rely on state and federal assistance to try and make ends meet.

More jobs and less spending: That should be something both Republicans and Democrats can agree on....

For this reason, and many others, I'm doing everything I can to help my good friend Charlie in his campaign. Thanks for signing our petition.

All the best,

Martin O'Malley
Governor, Maryland


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Clowns to the left jokers to the right

Give em he'll Charlie!

Can't take anymore

What magic did Gov. O'Malley use to get the support of his business community to support raising their minimum wage in Maryland? Most of Florida's businessmen and the Chamber of Commerce expect that they can pay their employees about half as much. They expect that government will use tax dollars to pay for these employees' food (school lunches, Food Stamps, food banks, etc.), health care (public clinics, Medicaid/Medicare, community hospitals, etc.), education (for profit charter schools teaching religion instead of science) shelter (FHA/VA financing, Section 8 rent subsidies, public housing). Our fearless leaders in Tallahassee see nothing wrong with cutting funding for safety net programs but ferociously opposing requiring employers to pay a living wage.

ed jenkins

The citizens have no interest in the comments of a political leader from a distant state. However if this man is to be believed it is yet another nail in the coffin of the campaign of this scumbag crist and yet another reason for the party leaders to find a new favored candidate. The people of florida are proud and thankful for the great economic results produced by their business friendly state and the last thing they want are anti-free market government imposed price controls such as those distant place politician claims the scumbag crist supports.

Mrs. Ed Jenkins

Come to bed Ed. I need your minimum wage.

Truth o meter

Marc, all you talk about is the 100 million Rick is going to spend, but what about Charlie, he will get money from Morgan & Morgan that firm make about 250 million a year, he will get from all attorney's that work personal injury, and as you wrote down he will get 500k from the governor's association.

Thank you,

Bill Thompson

The citizens welcome the successful Governor O'Malley of Maryland who has led the strong economic recovery of that state, which has a much lower unemployment rate than Florida does under the scumbag Scott. Perhaps this horrible man Scott should meet with his colleague from Maryland and learn how to bring more high paying jobs to Florida.

Joe Kreps

O'Mallory and the DGA are guilty of primary tampering. They should have waited until after the primary. Once again money is corrupting the democratic process.

Justin Sane

I love watching the sunsets at O'Mallory square in Key West. I wonder if it was named for the Maryland Governor.

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