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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/31/2006

Hey, Isn't That Mayor O'Malley?

By John Wagner

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has no plans to endorse a fellow Democrat in the crowded 3rd Congressional District primary, but he appears in two pictures in the latest mailer sent out by hopeful Peter Beilenson.

Beilenson served as O'Malley's health commissioner before resigning to run for Congress. His glossy mailer does not mention O'Malley, who is now a gubernatorial candidate, by name. But in two photos he is clearly visible, standing behind Beilenson at what appear to be news conferences. O'Malley also appears in a photo on Beilenson's website.

The mailer tries to make the case that Beilenson's background as a public health official makes him uniquely qualified "to fix health care."

Though he is not supporting a candidate in the race, O'Malley has no problem with the mailer, said spokesman Rick Abbruzzese.

"Peter and the mayor together have a truly remarkable record on public health in the city," Abbruzzese said. "I don't think the mayor minds at all Peter promoting that record in his campaign."

By John Wagner  | August 31, 2006; 11:15 AM ET
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The picture accompanying the on-line version of a recent Post article about the Purple Line showed the head of Purple Line opponent Pam Browning. If you clicked to see the whole picture, standing behind Ms. Browning, and not mentioned in any caption, was Doug Duncan.

More likely accidental than the Peter Beilenson photo, but those who live in glass houses....

Posted by: You've done it yourself | August 31, 2006 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Off topic: the latest poll from Survey USA has Mfume leading Cardin 42%-38% with Rales getting 7%.

Posted by: James W | August 31, 2006 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm really impressed with Peter Beilenson. He has a solid record as health commissioner and he's incredibly thoughtful.

Congress needs more people with diverse professional backgrounds. Two-thirds of them are lawyers and all of them are career politicians. Beilenson is neither. He's a public health professional - I don't think there's even one public health professional in Congress!

I'm sure he'd have alot of substantive legislation to propose on issues like health care and terrorism preparedness (he lead Baltimore's bio-terrorism readiness plans). I hope Marylanders up in District 3 get behind Peter Beilenson.

Posted by: Beilenson Backer | August 31, 2006 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't the Post posting about the Montgomery County Executive race any more on Because they are trying to crown Leggett and don't want any interference. This is an election, not a coronation!

Posted by: Robin Ficxker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | September 1, 2006 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Beilenson is by far the best candidate -- hands down. Sarbanes is a nice guy, but running on his Dad's name and good works. Hollinger is a mean lady. The Wizard of Oz has no rationale for running. O'Keefe is just scary wierd. Beilenson's the only one of the bunch who has done anything

Posted by: 3rd District Voter | September 1, 2006 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Beilenson is great. My kind of Democrat--Social Progressive, Fiscally Responsible. I just love the fact that the Democrats are becoming the party of fiscal responsibility and Beilenson really represents that trend. He ran the health department here in Baltimore and it was always on budget--even sometimes just under. Even better, he gets things done with always shrinking federal and state funds. It is the type of record to run on.

Posted by: Another 3rd District Voter | September 1, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I just saw Kevin O'Keefe's commercial and he seems like the only person in that race who isn't a typical politician.

He didn't seem scary at all, he seemed like a regular guy. I wish more people like that got a chance in politics.

Posted by: Baltimore Resident | September 4, 2006 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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