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A Gift for O'Malley? Consider the Emerald Isle

When bestowing gifts on Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) last year, acknowledgment of his Irish heritage proved a popular tactic.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) alone gave O'Malley three such gifts, all books, according to an accounting on O'Malley's annual financial disclosure form. The form, which was due to the State Ethics Commission last month, lists more than 150 ties, mugs, t-shirts, gift baskets and other assorted treasures.

In June, Miller gave O'Malley "The Irish General," by Paul Wylie. The book chronicles the life of Thomas Francis Meagher, a controversial U.S. Civil War general. According to, the biography "brings this multi-talented but seriously flawed individual to life, offering a balanced picture of the man and a captivating reading experience."

In July, Miller followed up with a leather-bound copy of "Picturesque Irleand," by John Savage. In August, came another book titled "Irish Counties," according to O'Malley's report.

Miller was hardly alone. Other Irish-themed gifts disclosed by O'Malley included: A basket with five bottles of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey; an Irish linen table cloth and a bottle of Middleton Irish Whiskey; an Irish-themed gift basket; and a box of Irish smoke products.

And then there was this: a compact disc titled "Her Infinite Glory: Celtic Women In Music & Song," featuring various artists. It was most likely an appeal to O'Malley's musical persona. In his spare time, he, of course, fronts the Celtic rock band O'Malley's March.

According to O'Malley's report, the donor was rather well-known himself: William Jefferson Clinton, former U.S. president.

By Anne Bartlett  |  May 11, 2009; 3:28 PM ET
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