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O'Malley remains vice chair of Democratic governors group

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was chosen on Wednesday by his colleagues in the Democratic Governors Association to continue as the organization's vice chairman.

O'Malley was elevated to that post late last year after serving as the DGA's finance chairman during the 2008 election year. The group, which works to elect Democratic governors nationally, raised $23 million during O'Malley's stint, surpassing its goal.

On Wednesday, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell was chosen as the organization's new chairman, replacing Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana. O'Malley had ruled out seeking the chairmanship, since he is up for re-election in the coming year.

His ascendency in the organization could serve him well if Maryland's race turns competitive next year, particulary if money becomes an issue.

At this point, with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) still weighing a rematch, Maryland is not considered a top priority.

The DGA also announced Wednesday that it will spend at least $5 million in at least five key states "to educate the public about the consequences of ... failed ideas" from Republican governors. The initial list of states includes California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Ohio.

By John Wagner  |  December 2, 2009; 7:14 PM ET
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"Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, vice chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said the country's finances were left in a shambles by former president George W. Bush. "People are hurting so badly," he added, "that they're very upset that their new leadership have not fixed it as quickly as everybody would like for us to have fixed it."

Dear Governor O'Malley, you will not find the solution to Maryland's budget problems in the George W. Bush library (if anything, GWB INCREASED federal jobs and contracting in the DC Metro Area that helped Maryland), you will not find a solution to Maryland's budget problems at your band gigs, you will not find a solution to Maryland's budget problems at a "drink a pint with Martin O'Malley" fundraisers, and you will certainly not find any solutions living in the past.

Maryland needs leadership NOW more than ever. Blame is for the pundits. Action is for the leaders. Set down your guitar, lay off the Guinness for a few days and get down to doing the people of Maryland's work instead of playing political blame games--leave that to the Rachel Maddow/Rush Limbaugh/Chris Matthew/Glen Beck's of the world.

In short: Grow Up Marty.

Posted by: h20andoil | December 2, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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