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O'Malley Camp Takes Off the Gloves


Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's campaign appears to be shedding its gloves when responding to its Democratic rival for governor, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

The latest evidence came yesterday in the form of an O'Malley news release carrying this headline: "Not a Lot of Substance to Duncan's Claims of Support." The release takes issue with Duncan's endorsement by the newly-formed Fraternal Order of Correctional Officers.

"One small problem-- according to its organizer, John Reamy, the group 'has no members yet,'" says the O'Malley release, taking information from the Herald-Mail, which covered the announcement Tuesday in Hagerstown.

O'Malley's campaign, which continues to insist it is focused on the general election, also whacks Duncan in the same release for declaring "victory" last weekend in an endorsement vote by the Maryland State Teachers Association. Duncan received support from about 55 percent of those attending the group's convention, short of the 58 percent needed to pick up a formal endorsement.

"Instead of trying to seek publicity for himself with false claims of substantive support, maybe Doug should look into regaining the support of voters in Montgomery County who are tired of out-of-control traffic and sprawl," said Hari Sevugan, O'Malley's communications director.

"We know that the O'Malley campaign has had a tough week having replaced their campaign manager," shot back Duncan spokeswoman Jody Couser. "But they should not take out their frustrations about their stalled campaign on the state's hard working correctional officers who put their lives on the line every day."

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 25, 2006; 10:08 AM ET
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Yes, Doug loves fat cat developers almost as much as he loves Big Macs . . .

This guy won't stop at anything to destroy Montgomery County while eats everything in sight.

Posted by: Duncan has destroyed Montgomery County | May 25, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Doug Duncan is twice the man Martin O'Malley is. Literally and Figuratively. If all the supporters of Mr. O'Malley can come up with is "our candidate is ladies' man and Doug Duncan is fat", then Mr. O'Malley will lose.
The problems of development is not restricted to Montgomery. Balitmore County, Anne Arundel, Howard County, Prince George's county also have them. As long as people are leaving dumps like Baltimore, they're going to where good schools are. Creating good jobs and good schools and safe streets is job for someone like Doug Duncan. Doug's got the right priorities: helping teachers. Baltimore has the wrong priorities: subsidizing Peter Angelos' Orioles (who *used* to be good).

Posted by: MD4BUSH | May 25, 2006 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey, what an insightful, intelligent first post above. I suppose if choosing a governor was a beauty contest then your point might have validity.

But it isn't a beauty contest.

I live recently moved to Prince George's from Baltimore. I can say that I'd love to have someone like Duncan running either of those places.

And while some of the people who post here claim that Duncan is cozy with developers, Montgomery County has one of the most aggressive land preservation programs in the country. Huge tracts of farm land and open space are off limits to development. And MoCo has the best parks in the state.

You don't have to like the guy, but he's got to get credit for some of the great things in Montgomery County.

Posted by: Re: Duncan has destroyed.. | May 25, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Really, there are two major political problems for Duncan in Montgomery County:

#1: Duncan is seen as a slut for real estate developers -- during Doug's 12 years in office, traffic has gotten a lot worse, not better, and the schools have gotten a lot more crowded, not less crowded -- people are generally blaming the guy who runs Montgomery County for these problems because Duncan continues to rubbers stamp all new housing developments, no matter what the consequences are.

#2: Duncan's hogging of publicity during the sniper shootings turned a lot of people off to him big time -- there were many instances, while the cameras were rolling, where Duncan was seen to either be smirking or smiling in spite of the gravity of the situation -- therefore, many people in the county realized that Duncan didn't really care about his citizens' well being; instead, Doug was seen as exploiting a tragic situation for political gain and Doug continued to smile because he loved the non-stop publicity he was getting.

Anyway, that's my take -- I'll wait for the responses from Doug's campaign staff accusing me of working for O'Malley's campaign even though it's not true.

Posted by: Duncan's political problems in Montgomery County | May 25, 2006 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Check out CNN (notice it's not Fox)

It says ...
"Mayor Martin O'Malley, who campaigned on a pledge to reduce annual homicide totals to 175".

Has O'Malley delivered? No.
Granted in one year (2005) the numbers may have dropped technically, but since people are running away from the City of Baltimore as soon as they get a good job or have kids, the murder per capita remains much the same.

Since O'Malley can't deliver on his campaign promises, why should people vote for him?

Posted by: Pirate Hawkins | May 25, 2006 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Martin, Martin, Martin---If you only knew!
Doug Duncan did get the support of the FOCO. Here is a lesson for you and others! To form a new union in this State there is steps to be taken. 1- To retain lawyers to guild, lobby and represent us.(which we did) 2- To get letter of intent sign for new members.(which we have over 1,000) 3- To set up a board (which we did). 4- To get legal status (which we now have). Now Martin by the Herald Mail stating we have no member yet they are correct! Why because we have yet to be able to get dues check off from Maryland, so we have no members. But we do have over 1000 correctional officers supporters State wide and they have families and friends. And they decided they will support Doug Duncan. FOCO is a State correctional officer I, II and III union only.

Posted by: ladyco | May 25, 2006 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow . . . congratulations Doug . . . your campaign is really starting to take off.

Posted by: Just heard that the Dog Catchers union of MD voted to support Duncan | May 25, 2006 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Check out :

Is this really Baltimore? Are things that bad? And this O'Malley guy wants to run the state?

No thanks!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2006 1:12 PM | Report abuse

F.O.C.O. indeed has offered it's support to Mr. Duncan.Why? Because Mr. Duncan has given direct responses to questions posed which impact corrections on a dailey basis. Mr. O'Malley tends to be evasive in these areas. No we are not the dog catchers union. Although in the state of Maryland we have fewer rights than the felons we oversee. Only in this state are the same people who rape your wives, mothers & daughters, murder your fathers & sons and poison your children rewarded with multiple amenities, extensive comforts and more personal rights than the victims on which they preyed.

Posted by: Shaymus | May 25, 2006 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like to me O'Malley is getting a little nervous about Duncan's surge. First he fires his campaign manager and now he is attacking Duncan after ignoring all year.

Despite them telling Phyllis last week that it was not the case, I am still convinced there was an internal poll in the O'Malley showing him slipping rapidly which prompted the change in campaign managers and now the assault on Duncan.

Posted by: Fred | May 25, 2006 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hi, I'm posting here from O'Malley headquarters -- it's quiet right now because everyone else is out at events, etc.

Well anyway, I just wanted to let the Duncan staffers know that I'm sorry that Duncan is doing so badly in fundraising and in the polls.

I want Duncan's staffers to know that it's not their fault that Duncan is going to lose.

It's just one of those years in Montgomery County when that slow growth crowd gathers steam and throws out a bunch of politicians that they see as the cause of overdevelopment . . . Duncan will suffer because of this and will ultimately not win as many votes as he needs to in Montgomery County.

Again, it's not the fault of Duncan's campaign -- it's just one of those years in Montgomery County.

Posted by: The assault on Duncan isn't due to any real changes in the polls. | May 25, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like to me O'Malley is getting a little nervous about Duncan's surge."

Whatever, O'Malley wins the primary in a romp, probably by 20 plus points. Former President Clinton will be campaigning on O'Malley's behalf and he is still very popular in a heavily blue state like Maryland, Clinton's endorsement alone will be enough to carry the day.

Posted by: rob | May 25, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The Gazette published this article today:

"A city's rebirth"

I'm disappointed when I see people attacking Baltimore. I won't argue that it still has a lot of problems but they don't go away overnight (ITS GETTING BETTER). If O'Malley was truly all ambition and political manuevering, he would have known to never take a tough job like baltimore mayor, no matter how good you do they fry you.

Posted by: James | May 25, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Gazette Article?

Puff Piece !!!

Their sources are 1) Duke Realty Corp , 2) Baltimore Chamber of Commerce , 3) Baltimore Development Corp, 4) Greater Baltimore Committee

Notice the disclaimer on the bottom of the page: "Staff Writer Steve Monroe contributed to this report, which originally appeared in The Business Gazette".

i.e. it's a re-write of some press releases.

Posted by: Pirate Hawkins | May 25, 2006 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Say it aint so . . . the Montgomery Gazette, owned by The Washington Post, does a hatchet job on O'Malley and this is a surprise?


The editorial writers at the Gazette take their marching orders from the editorial writers at the Post and the company policy is to promote Duncan at all costs, whatever the journalistic implications.

It's been like this for 12 plus years now -- to promote Duncan and silence all of the voice of dissent against Duncan in Montgomery County.

It's sad. It's a travesty. It's crappy journalism.

Call it what you will, but it's always been this way.

Duncan could blow a fart and the Post and the Gazette would report it as a great day for Montgomery County.

But don't worry. The residents of Montgomery County will have their answer for the Post and Gazette in September when Duncan loses in a landslide to O'Malley.

Posted by: You mean the Gazette is biased in favor of Duncan? | May 25, 2006 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The Duncan camp doesn't really need to place any more phone calls to either the Gazette or the Post reporters . . . for now on, just e-mail your press releases to these reporters, because they will print the press releases in their entirety without any of the usual fact checking or unbiased reporting that is usually involved in journalism.

Message to Duncan -- save your money on staff, you don't need a press secretary to call the Post or Gazette reporters anymore.

Yes, Duncan has the Post and Gazette in his back pocket, but the citizens of Montgomery County still know the truth, and come September, we will have an answer for Duncan the Post and the Gazette.

Posted by: Another thing. | May 25, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Well it's about time. The Marty we all know and love is finally taking the gloves off. Who knew it would take something as simple as pointing out the truth to have him and his minnions come out swinging and whining? Fat, Big Mac's, Fat Cat developers...the whining is reaching a fevered pitch.

Oops, sorry...what's missing? Substanative discussion about issues? You can't do that when Marty is just plain too chicken to even be in the same place, let alone debate on the issues and his record against Duncan's. It's always easier to whine about how tough things are and how easy the other guy has it.

I drove through MoCo today. Silver Spring was bustling, up Georgia Avenue to Wheaton, where all the old mom and pop shops that were there when I was a kid 40 years ago are THRIVING. English, Chinese, Vietnamese,Spanish,Korean, Polish and my favorite...Italian (Marchone's grocery...a fixture for over 60 years).

Clean, no crime, folks who work together instead of pointing fingers and blaming someone else...if I was Marty, I'd be whining too. Because if you can't point to your success, the only way to get attention is to cry and blame the other guy.

And you wonder why Ehrlich is PRAYING that Marty wins? Because he'll mop the floor with him. Against Duncan, he'll have to defend his record...and his one trick pony...slots as the cure all...against what Duncan has accomplished. Bobby knows he hasn't got a chance.

Maybe Marty can take his band and try out for next season's American Idol...

Posted by: John | May 25, 2006 4:43 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is trying to win like the Wermacht tried to win World War II: if they can attack, attack and attack and never have to defend, they just might win. As soon as somebody stands up to them, they lose. No wonder O'Malley is in a panic, they'd planned on cowing England into surrendur ... uh ... I mean cowing Duncan into withdrawing. Now that somebody's stood up to this bully, an array of Allies is starting to turn the tide. O'Malley is going into bunker mode early.

Posted by: Pirate Hawkins | May 25, 2006 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Duncan has worked wonders in Montgomery County, where I live now.

I used to live in Baltimore and it is pretty much the same as it was 5 years ago.

Go Duncan!

Posted by: Duncan Fan | May 25, 2006 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but i support everything Doug Duncan stands for, i havent heard O'Malley say anything in support to my liking for correctional officers. The Maryland Correctional Officers need all the support they can get and everyone will bash each other and take things out of context to discourage people from voting for their opponent!
Guess what, there is a Duncan/Simms bumper sticker in the window of my car and a sign in my window of my house! (and i stood behind him on the local TV station on Tuesday!!!) I'll be voting DUNCAN all the way!!!!!!

Posted by: proudCOwife | May 25, 2006 9:28 PM | Report abuse


You have NOTHING to be "sorry" about! Your husband and all the other CO's and support staff (and for that matter, ALL the Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS folks)in this state deserve much better than they have gotten over the years.

The work they do is faceless and thankless, but they are the first ones who get blamed and the first ones who take the hit when the budget axe comes out. They deserve our thanks and they deserve much better than they have been dealt from this administration.

Hold your head up. You have no reason to say "sorry" to anyone. And tell your husband "thanks" for the job he does for all of us.

Posted by: John | May 26, 2006 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Maryland State correctional officer who lives in Pennsylvania, my political party is Republican. I have to say that I'm ashamed of the current Maryland's Governor. His lack of hearing the concerns within our prison walls is inexcusable. He knew ever since January 2004 that the staffing cuts of Correctional Officers in Maryland State's Correctional Facilities was very risky. Did he do anything? No. Not until this year which happen to be an election year. We needed our staffing position and security posts restored however he gave out raises, a bandage on a gapping wound. To be a good steward for the taxpayer's of Maryland, I have taken advantage of meetings and talking to the candidates that is running for the Governor seat. Democratic ticket of Duncan and Simms is the best ticket out there. They realize that education don't stop on Friday at 3:30 Pm. That children of incarcerated parents have a greater risk of becoming incarcerated themselves. That until we make a commitment to help these children our prison population will continue to grow. I also think that the O'Malley supporter on here that poke fun at a person physical looks just show how small minded his party and supporters are. How many of you have overweight relatives? I worked with a man as an correctional officer who had obvious physical disfigurements. He was well respected by his peers and inmates, he succeeded in his duties as an correctional officer and move up. Should, he just stayed in his house? Democratic ticket of Duncan and Simms is this State's winning ticket for all the people of Maryland and those that works within Maryland's boarders.

Posted by: Pa. Brat! | May 26, 2006 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Mark Plotkin's pungent, incisive interview of Delegate Anthony Brown, O'Malley's running mate, during Friday's WTOP segment. Plotkin facetiously tossed phrases like "O'Malley's robotic clone," insinuating that Brown may need to purport a political agenda of his own, instead of repeating O'Malley's platform verbatim. I believe Brown can use his African-American heritage as a significant advantage in O'Malley's gubernatorial bid and focus more on the key issues and plights that undermine thousands of people in Maryland's urban areas. His "accessible higher education and healthcare" platform is ideal for a working-class citizen like myself, but there are a plethora of more localized problems that afflict less fortunate residents across the state. Let's first resolve the ills of primary and secondary schools across Maryland, where many students still cannot read or write--and they'll never come close to getting an opportunity to attain an higher education, regardless of whether their families have money or not.

Posted by: Semi-Baltimorean | May 26, 2006 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a corrections officer who is ashamed of Ehrlich and won't sign a name to his post.

Well I'm Mickey Mouse and I'm a Democrat ashamed of Mayor O'Malley and County Executive Duncan...

And I'll just fill these boards with make-believe posts to try to fake public opinion from my respective party's campaign headquarters.

Posted by: Bryan | May 27, 2006 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Why in a previous article about Duncan's tactics were they described as "going negative" and here O'Malley's are "taking off the gloves."

I'm serious. Your language bias is incredibly apparent.

Posted by: John Hamilton | May 30, 2006 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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