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O'Malley Introduces Himself in D.C. Market


Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley began advertising in the D.C. television stations last night, the first time the Democratic candidate for governor has aired ads outside of the Baltimore media market.

And what did he talk about? Baltimore.

More specifically his record as Baltimore's mayor for the past seven years.

"People are moving back to a city that's creating thousands of jobs, reducing violent crime, and improving their schools and test scores," the narrator tells viewers. "Taking on the toughest challenges, Time magazine named Martin O'Malley one of America's five best mayors."

The ad, dubbed "Record", shows the mayor meeting with police, talking to school children, carrying lumber at a construction site and standing with his running mate, Prince George's Del. Anthony Brown.

Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has spent considerable advertising dollars to debunk that rosy vision of Baltimore, focusing chiefly on failing schools and persistent homicide rates. In the Washington media market, though, the governor was on the air all weekend with a positive ad highlighting his support for schools, stem cell research and the Chesapeake Bay. He, too, appears with running mate Kristen Cox.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  September 18, 2006; 11:44 AM ET
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I've seen Martin O'Malley at many functions and in numerous locations over the last several years, but don't know him well personally. However, he did a great job of choosing his family. His Dad was an attorney in Montgomery County for many years and was bright and had a sense of humor and friendliness. His wife, in my opinion, would make a more attractive candidate than he. Before appearing in Baltimore District Court in front of her, I thought maybe she had gotten her job through political connections. However, she deserves her position. She is extremely bright and concise. It's difficult to think of a better District Court Judge.

Posted by: Robin Ficker independent for Montgomery County Executive | September 18, 2006 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Robin, I haven't seen a better job of sucking up since Steve Silverman went after contributions from developers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is going to preach about Baltimore's failures in Montgomery County despite Montgomery County residents giving millions in tax dollars to the city to only see it crumble more in schools and public safety under O'Malley? That's a true stroke of genius (note my utter sarcasm). This may be O'Malley's dumbest campaign move yet.

Posted by: Bryan | September 18, 2006 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Tax Eem High must be shaking in his boots. O'Malley has just begun to introduce himself in the Washington area and he still holds a 7 point lead hovering right around 50. Poor Bob.

Posted by: Brayn | September 18, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich's toast, there's nothing he can do to beat O'Malley except go after the whole "he cheats on his wife" bit which Ehrlich's henchmen have already tried and it didn't work. it's all over.

Posted by: ron | September 18, 2006 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how Ehrlich pointing to problems in Baltimore helps him. After all, Baltimore happens to be the biggest city in the state that he governs.

Gov. Ehrlich has intentionally neglected Baltimore, using us only for a political tool.

It is the absolute worst of politics. I hope that other people around the state catch on and hold him accountable for the problems that he is touting.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2006 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, O'Malley's record in Baltimore is absolutely stellar, he's lowered crime, real estate prices are up, more people are moving to Balto, tourism is up, O'Malley gets an awful lot of credit for all of this, he'll do a bang up job of Gov if his record of Mayor of Baltimore is any indication.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2006 9:54 PM | Report abuse

How stupid must O'Malley think voters to be if he expects to fool them into believing that his record of dismal failure in Baltimore is something worth advertising?

I can understand supporting O'Malley because you hate Ehrlich. But don't lie to yourself and everyone else by claiming that O'Malley's term as mayor of Baltimore actually makes him deserving of a promotion to Governor. That's simply laughable.

Posted by: Brandon | September 18, 2006 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like someone who hasn't set foot in Baltimore, or made it past the Inner Harbor in years. Yes, there are problems. But, there has been an incredible turnaround too.

Baltimore has the best neighborhoods with great character and tons of locally owned shops.

Get out of the Inner Harbor. Go up Charles Street to the eateries and everyman theatre. Go to Fells Point with excellent nightlife and restaurants. Canton, Hampden, Roland Park, Patterson Park... I'll take Baltimore any day, and I'll take today's Baltimore over the one that existed before O'Malley was mayor.

Posted by: Re: Brandon | September 18, 2006 11:42 PM | Report abuse

"Baltimore has the best neighborhoods with great character and tons of locally owned shops.

Get out of the Inner Harbor. Go up Charles Street to the eateries and everyman theatre. Go to Fells Point with excellent nightlife and restaurants. Canton, Hampden, Roland Park, Patterson Park... I'll take Baltimore any day, and I'll take today's Baltimore over the one that existed before O'Malley was mayor."

Is that all? Some nice restaurants and bars liven up the nightlife for people brave enough to visit but not stupid enough to move in. What about the 12 year old city resident who wants to make it to age 20 alive with a high school diploma and a job? What has Marty done for him?

Posted by: Brandon | September 19, 2006 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I think the O'Malley supports should show how much they support what he's done for Baltimore by signing up theit own children to attempt the Balitmore public schools.

Any takers here? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

Posted by: Rufus | September 19, 2006 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Rufus, you idiot, O'Malley has been hailed as one of the best Mayors in America by numerous national publications across the country. He is going to crush and embarass Ehrlich in the debates and at the polls. Ehrlich's obviously getting desperate, he's even attacking O'Malley by name for the first time, even he can see the handwriting on the wall. It's over.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2006 10:52 AM | Report abuse

And to the idiot who can't even identify him/her/itself, are YOU sending your kids to that hellhole of a school system?

Posted by: Rufus | September 19, 2006 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Rufus, you idiot, everyone knows Baltimore is a craphole and its schools have stunk for many decades long before O'Malley got there, and they will continue to stink even after he leaves and takes the Gov's mansion in Annapolis. The point is that O'Malley's a far more charismatic and strong leader than Ehrlich, and that's what we need in a Governor. O'Malley wins it in a cakewalk, which is what all the polls have shown. Ehrlich's done.

Posted by: rufus is an idiot | September 19, 2006 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I've never been part of a blog, so here goes ... my son has a high school assignment pertaining to the governor's race. He needs to report on O'Malley's position on abortion. Does anyone have any comments you wish to share? ... or do you know where we can get that information? Thanks.

Posted by: Cheryl | September 28, 2006 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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