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O'Malley Invites Donors To Drink Pints With Him

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is heading into the District later this month to down some Guinness -- and raise money for his 2010 re-election campaign while he's at it.

"Join us for pints with Gov. Martin O'Malley at the Dubliner," reads an invitation sent out via email last week, referring to the venerable Irish pub located a block from Union Station.

Tickets for the July 27 event start at $25. Sponsors are being asked to pay $1,000

The event comes during a period of stepped-up fundraising by O'Malley, both inside and outside Maryland's borders, despite the uncertainty about who may run against him.

The governor, who often plays up his Irish heritage, will be prohibited from raising money for next year's campaign during the 90-day legislative session that starts in mid-January.

By John Wagner  |  July 13, 2009; 7:57 AM ET
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Careful driving home from DC, Marty. You've already got one DUI to your name.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | July 13, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify, Digitalman, O'Malley was arrested in 1987 but was not convicted of DUI. See

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | July 13, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess there are no pubs in the state of Maryland. But then, who in Maryland could afford to drink with him?

Posted by: CubsFan | July 13, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"The governor, who often plays up his Irish heritage..."

I don't actually think he "plays it up", though with a name like O'Malley...

The Governor is just proud of his heritage. He has generally set a good example of tolerance and promoted diversity amongst other priorities.

O'Malley's opponents will disagree, but he has been a good Governor during the toughest economics times most of us can remember. He's had to make unpopular, tough decisions and will no doubt be required to make more.

Posted by: free-donny | July 14, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

So free-donny, you seem to like the Governor and enjoy slaming me. Nice to know you are a fair and balanced . . . . .

Posted by: Jkane1 | July 14, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, in fact, my post concerning your article only agrees mostly with your comments featured in the piece. I hope things turn out well for you...such an outcome would benefit MD taxpayers...who are paying for investigation.

I do not agree with everything O'Malley has done as Governor, but I think he has been better than average over the years (of all MD Governors).

Posted by: free-donny | July 14, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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