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Governor Saves A Duck Named Martin O'Malley

The cover of last year's edition of the Maryland Bay Game, a summer activity book for youngsters, was adorned with the smiling faces of then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), his wife, Kendel, and their two young sons, Drew and Joshua.

The 2007 cover is not as blatantly self-promotional, featuring a drawing of Captain John Smith, the first Englishman to explore the Chesapeake. But the book's official release on Saturday was a family affair nevertheless, with 9-year-old William O'Malley stealing the show.

Katie O'Malley, the wife of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), was billed as the featured speaker at the event, which was also attended by 4-year-old Jack. But after making a few remarks, the first lady turned the microphone over to William, who had fidgeted patiently while five others, including a Captain John Smith impersonator, spoke at some length to a crowd of a few dozen people gathered at City Dock in Annapolis.

"Wait, where's my speech!" William yelled jokingly, before launching into a rambling story that his mother had said would underscore the importance of children spending time outdoors in the summer.

William had spent the past week doing just that, the audience was told, on a fishing trip with his father in upstate New York. The governor was on crutches during the trip, recovering from a bone fracture in his left leg that emerged after running on a treadmill.

While fishing, a duck showed up, and William and his father decided to name him Thomas O'Malley, after William's late grandfather. Then a second duck arrived, who was dubbed Martin O'Malley.

Then a snapping turtle showed up and started attacking Martin O'Malley the duck. Then Martin O'Malley the governor started throwing rocks at the snapping turtle that was attacking Martin O'Malley the duck.

Somehow, William mused, Martin O'Malley the duck seemed to realize that Martin O'Malley the governor was trying to help him, rather than add to his predicament by throwing rocks at him.

In any event, the effort finally proved successful, and the snapping turtle backed off. But not all was well.

"Martin O'Malley the duck had a broken leg, too," William told the crowd, just moments before Jack, who was being held by his mother, tried to grab the microphone.

The event was soon over.

By John Wagner  |  June 25, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

Martin O'Malley saved a duck who also had a broken leg...gee sounds a lot like something you tell a kid to say to get them to understand something. How'd the Governor's fishing trip go? Skipped on 30,000 fire fighters to be there.

Posted by: John | June 25, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

John, is this really news or did you just feel the need to run the old Guv back through the mud with the "blantantly self-promotional" thing? Otherwise, I don't see the point here.

I couldn't care less about O'Malley's childish interference with the natural process.

Posted by: BG from PG | June 25, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Nice work Wagner. Compelling journalism.

If you're really that low on stories, here are a few suggestions:

How is crime doing in Baltimore and around the state now that O'Malley can bring his patented crime fighting system to the whole state and not just limited to Baltimore City?

How is the Gov doing on the "no tax increase in my first year" pledge?

How is Bay-stat working out? Has the complex cross-data review taken any pollution out of the Bay?

How about that extra schools funding he promised? Is Thornton fully funded, including the regional index or whatever it was?

As I recall, those were O'Malley's primary campaign promises. Reduce crime with A statewide version of city-stat (making his brother happy no doubt), fund the local index for schools, clean up the Bay with Bay-stat and balance the budget without raising taxes.

Objectively, how about some stories with a report card rather than retelling a story from an 11 yr old about a duck that wandered up during a fishing trip.

If you are seriosly THAT bereft of story ideas, the Washington Post may be a little out of your league.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The real story is how O'Malley isn;t wasting taxpayer money to self promote. Ehrlich plastered his mug on every bit of state paid promotional ad possible.

Posted by: Truth | June 25, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"Truth", you aren't kidding anyone. O'Malley can't burn through OUR tax money fast enough to suit himself.

Posted by: Rufus | June 25, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The lesson here is clear. Martin O'Malley needs to learn something I knew long ago: Fear the Turtle!

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | June 26, 2007 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps this will replace the story about the bus heading to the same place?

Posted by: Joe D | June 26, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: lgpcnawh dcimh | July 9, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

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