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O'Malley "too cute" for Jessamy

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Patricia Jessamy, the top prosecutor in Baltimore, and Martin O'Malley, the city's mayor, have not had the most cozy of relationships for some time. More evidence of that came this morning, at a news conference in Baltimore where Jessamy stood beside Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, O'Malley's Democratic rival for governor, as he unveiled his crime plan.

"Cute and charismatic are qualities I look for in an actor or a pop star, not qualities I look for in my governor," Jessamy (D) said in a not-so-thinly veiled poke at the mayor, who fronts an Irish rock band.

Later in the day, O'Malley visited Duncan's home territory to pick up the endorsement of Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo, who occupies an office formerly held by Duncan.

Giammo, a registered independent, said he voted for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr (R) in 2002 but came to an "easy decision" that O'Malley would be the best choice for governor this year.

By John Wagner  |  February 13, 2006; 5:23 PM ET
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Crime, crime, and more crime. I understand that O'Malley is a big city mayor and gets to talk about reduction in crime as a prop to his arguments of effectiveness. The other guys seem to be foolishly wasting ammunition on their opponent's strength. Does the average voter care whether the crime stats were down 20% or 30%; either way it's all good. Unless there is an actual scandal in the numbers (unlikely given the FBI's involvement in their compilation and, even then, I'm not sure it would penetrate the positive message), the focus on crime seems inordinate. What does the governor actually do related to crime that affects the average citizen except the death penalty. What's the poll numbers for death penalty support in Maryland? I don't think that helps that much even if the public is pro-death penalty given that O'Malley's opposition (and Steele's) is based on their Catholic faith.

Jim Brady is a liar. I don't know him; I don't want to know him. I know what he writes and he writes lies. For people who value integrity, it must be unpleasant to work for such a man. Perhaps, if you know him, other personal qualities compensate for his lack of integrity.

Posted by: elliottg | February 13, 2006 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Generally in agreed with the above comment, however, one comment that I have is the Governor does have an effect on crime in this State. The Governor has direct authority over the Department of Corrections, the Department of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Juvenile Justice, all of which has sorely lacked any kind of substantive leadership from the current administration.

Second, what is with Jessamy? Can she not find any legitimate argument against O'Malley other than he is "cute and charismatic"? As if having a personality someone disqualifies you from state-wide office. The Duncan campaign and its supporters are getting more and more pathetic in their attempts to salvage a failing campaign.

Posted by: hawkman | February 14, 2006 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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