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O'Malley named Governor of the Year? Kind of.

Thumbnail image for public-official-2009-cover.jpgSince landing on the cover of the November issue of Governing, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has trumpeted the magazine's praise in his fundraising appeals. He also has played it up on his campaign Web site, and the cover now appears as the profile picture on O'Malley's Facebook page.

In all instances, O'Malley, who is up for re-election next year, says he was named "Governor of the Year" by Governing.

Well, that's kind of true, but not exactly.

"We don't use that title," said Governing Editor Alan Ehrenhalt.

In fact, the magazine named eight "Public Officials of the Year" for 2009, including O'Malley. Of the eight, he was the only governor, which is in keeping with past practice, Ehrenhalt said. The honor tends to alternate between Democrats and Republicans. Last year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) made the list.

"I suppose by extrapolation ... it's functionally true," Ehrenhalt said of O'Malley's claim.

Ehrenhalt also said that O'Malley is being recognized specifically for his work on measuring government performance. O'Malley has become known nationallly for statistics-driven accountability programs like StateStat.

"It's not necessarily an endorsement of everything he's done his entire time in office," Ehrenahlt said, though he added that, in his view, O'Malley has done a pretty good job overall.

By John Wagner  |  November 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  
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