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In their eagerness to beat up Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) on education, leaders of the Maryland Republican Party got a little ahead of themselves last night.

A news release sent to reporters early in the evening began thusly: "Maryland State Teacher's Association today announced their support of Martin O'Malley and his record of failure for Baltimore city's students."

While O'Malley's record on education may be open to debate, the timing of MSTA's endorsement is not: It hadn't actually happened as of last night. The 65,000-member group is announcing its endorsement of O'Malley for governor at an event in Essex at noon today.

Timing aside, the GOP release offers a preview of rhetoric likely to only intensify as the November election nears.

"Martin O'Malley has a record of failure to the students, parents and teachers on education and the city's students, and those of our state, deserve much better," state GOP Chairman John Kane is quoted as saying in the release. "Thankfully, the teachers of the state are independent-minded educators who care about the welfare of their students and Governor Ehrlich has proven his commitment to the students, parents and teachers of Maryland."

By John Wagner  |  July 25, 2006; 9:59 AM ET
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