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O'Malley Offers Frosh Some Fundraising Help

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is sponsoring a fundraiser in Baltimore tomorrow night for Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), one of several hopefuls to succeed Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) if he steps down at the end of his term in 2010.

But O'Malley, the former Baltimore mayor, will not attend the event, and his help in no way indicates his leanings in the race to replace the long-serving Miller, according to both Frosh and O'Malley aides.

"I needed to raise some money, and he agreed to let me use his endorsement," Frosh said of O'Malley.

An advertisement for the event on the Maryland Democratic Party Web site reads: "Governor O'Malley Invites you to a Reception honoring Senator Brian Frosh."

O'Malley is on vacation this week, spending time fishing in upstate New York with his 9-year-old son, William, according to aides.

Besides Frosh, others eyeing Miller's post include Sen. Ulysses S. Currie (D-Prince George's) and Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles). Frosh said fundraising prowess is an aspect of the job that his colleagues will consider when picking a Miller successor.

"One of the jobs that the next president has is to raise money to help Democrats get elected to the Senate," Frosh said.

Miller, a prolific fundraiser, indicated last year that this four-year term would be his last in the Senate. He has since hedged some in interviews when asked about his future.

By John Wagner  |  June 19, 2007; 9:44 AM ET
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"One of the jobs that the next president has is to raise money to help Democrats get elected to the Senate," Frosh said.-------- Why should the next Senate President be the one who can best pump $$$$ out of the special interests that crowd Annapolis? I realize that $1/2 million lobbyist is no longer a rarity, but why should such people run the Senate? Why can't Party Chairman Cryor raise the election funds for Senators, or, better yet, why can't these Senators raise the money in their own districts themselves? My State Senator in District l5 put out l5 slick campaign mailings, much of it with money from outside the district. The Senate President should be somebody who can best guide legislation through the State Senate that helps the people of Maryland and who can best defeat legislation that is harmful to the people of Maryland. It is disheartening to see a candidate for State Senate President cozy up to the special interests as a first step. That is how we got our present Senate President who is now advocating gasoline, income and sales tax increases which he didn't dare whisper about in his election campaign eight short months ago.

Posted by: Robin Ficker | June 19, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Frosh might be a good replacement, but I can't ever see Miller stepping down. He seems to thrive in the job and he is still ferocious at it. Change can be good, but change just for change's sake is not. We'll see. Sounds like O'Malley's made his choice. Doesn't mean much though.

Posted by: Bud Grant | June 19, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

While I have a moment, Why can't the Governor of Maryland pay attention to the millions of dollars of taxpayers' funds spent to lure tourists to our fine state? Fishing with the kids is a great idea and the Governor is a family man. But why can't he set a good example and fish in Western Maryland or on the Bay or near Ocean City? As one who has campaigned on the Boardwalk many times in the past I can tell you that one meets more people from Pennsylvania than from Maryland there and more than a few from New York. Why can't the Governor try and bring those Maryland numbers up?

Posted by: Robin Ficker | June 19, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Ficker, are you kidding? Have you tried to book a room in Ocean City or a cabin at Deep Creek lake lately? As far as I can tell, since the temp went above freezing, business is booming. Even my Virginian colleagues are passing on Virginia Beach to visit OC and Assateague. Forget about it. O'Malley probably couldn't find a room!

Posted by: Donny | June 19, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Ficker, have you seen Hil or Chuck Schumer or Spitzer on vacation in Maryland? Not.

Posted by: Ava | June 19, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Ficker, you are very out of touch concerning the tourist stats of Ocean City. That town is busy all year around. Even during the off-season, OC has major events that draws in hundreds of people. If the hotel industry wasn't so booming, they wouldn't be able to charge outrageous prices for their rooms. And who cares what state their from, they are spending money in Maryland.

Posted by: Get a Life | June 19, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

SICK OF FICK

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Ficker - I meant no offense in my disagreement over your comment about O'Malley not visiting OC or Deep Creek. I just meant to point out that MD is in great shape in many areas - especially economy. If O'Malley is taking some downtime out of state...thats great. He should return fresh and ready to tackle the budget deficit, problems with the proposed ICC, the slots issue, and environmental issues (the Bay, reforestation of stripped, but unused land, etc.). He's got a full plate and he's gonna be tackling it on one leg for a while. We're counting on him. He's probably also counting on us.

Posted by: Donny | June 19, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Ficker, although I sometimes grow bored of the daily tax lectures that you give, you consistently make more sense than most of the commentors here...which isn't hard to do.

O'Malley's on vacation with the fiscal "mess" that he inherited? With the broken leg? It all sounds like a conspiracy to me.

Posted by: BG from PG | June 19, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Something strange is afoot in the Governor's Mansion. Broken leg on a treadmill, fishing when he is supposed to be speaking in OC. Check out the full story at
www.omalleywatch.com

This site has been covering what the "traditional" media has been leaving out.

Posted by: MD4Gore | June 19, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I knew it...its the old "fake a broken leg and treadmill accident so you can avoid Ocean City and inherited budget mess trick". Dammit, they fool us everytime!

Posted by: Donny | June 20, 2007 8:20 AM | Report abuse

BG from PG, everything is smelling like roses in PG County, isn't it?

Posted by: HA! | June 20, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

yes, and one guess who is behindomalleywatch. Our old friend Joesph, aka NCPAC.

Posted by: omalleywatchwatch | June 20, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

yes, and one guess who is behindomalleywatch. Our old friend Joesph, aka NCPAC.

Posted by: omalleywatchwatch | June 20, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

yes, and one guess who is behindomalleywatch. Our old friend Joesph, aka NCPAC.

Posted by: omalleywatchwatch | June 20, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see someone else thinks O'Malley has inherited one heck of a fiscal mess. It may be the biggest challenge facing the state now with so many expensive items on the agenda. Though its been an easy and popular target, I really would like to see the proposed ICC addressed fully. There are too many questions and too many reasons for this thing to be a $3 billion dollar failure. Until our fiscal house is in order, the ICC puts the state at risk - while the so-called rewards remain questionable.

Posted by: Donny | June 20, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

That's correct. the former Governor went of a mass spending spree with the taxpayer's credit cards and left the bill for O'Malley to deal with.

Posted by: truth | June 20, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley came to office with a budget SURPLUS. Can't anyone get their facts straight on this blog or does everyone live in bizzaroworld where up is down, back is front and 2 + 2 is 3?

Posted by: BG from PG | June 20, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Truth, shouldn't you be taking messages for O'Malley while he's on vacation?

Haven't we caught you in enough lies by now?

Posted by: BG from PG | June 20, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

BG PG. There was NO budget surplus for O'Malley. He is currently engaged in his first full State budget cycle. Let's see how he does with this crisis he was handed by the Erlich "administration". O'Malley has already taken a positive step by pledging to do no business with lobbyists who are convicted felons (he showed class by not mentioning Erlich's dealings with those lobbyists) - see today's WaPo. We do pay a lot of taxes - I'd like to see a balanced budget and for the state to accomplish its goals - no easy task when the nations economy is slowing down and prices have been skyrocketing for five years (Health care, gasoline, education, etc). Again - I respectfully disagree with your statements about the budget deficit/surplus. Am I the only one?

Posted by: Donny | June 20, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Apparently no takers Donny. Spin it anyway you want but $1.5 Billion left in the bank is a surplus. Spending beyond the state's means (structural deficit) is a problem that's been plaguing Maryland for years and it will only get worse under O'Malley.

Posted by: BG from PG | June 20, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

BGPG, I guess were the only two left! O'Malley was inaugurated after the FY2007 budget was set by the Erlich administration. This next budget wil be O'Malley's first full budget cycle as Governor. As I said, things being the way they are in the country right now, things may indeed get worse before they get better, but how O'Malley handles tough times is the real test...its always so. A monkey can govern during the best of times. Wow, are we really all alone on this budget thing? No too racy, I guess.

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