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Teachers Give Early Nod to O'Malley

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) won an early endorsement for re-election Friday from the Maryland State Education Association, the state's largest teachers lobby.

Meeting in Ocean City for an annual conference, representatives of the 71,000-member organization voted overwhelmingly to support O'Malley in next year's election.

"Over the past three years, we have been very fortunate to have a governor who has made a huge investment in Maryland's public school children, despite the tough economic climate," MSEA President Clara Floyd said in a statement.

O'Malley has yet to draw any big-name opponents for next year's race. A few Democrats are mulling a primary challenge, while Republicans are waiting to see if former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) seeks a rematch with O'Malley. Several other Republicans are "testing the waters" in the meantime.

The 2010 endorsement came far easier to O'Malley than it did in 2006.

In May 2006, the group, then known as the Maryland State Teachers Association, deadlocked over endorsing O'Malley or his Democratic primary rival, then-Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, agreeing to back whomever won the party's nomination.

After Duncan dropped out of the race in June, the teachers rallied around O'Malley well in advance of the general election against Ehrlich, who never sought the group's blessing.

By John Wagner  |  October 16, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
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That's nice that the teachers' union has re-endorsed Gov. O'Malley, but, remember, this is the same group of enlightened people who thought slot gambling was good for our communities and for the state. It is hard to take them too seriously.

Posted by: theSburg | October 21, 2009 6:05 AM | Report abuse

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