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Environmental group to endorse O'Malley

o'malley bay.jpgThe Maryland League of Conservation Voters will endorse Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for re-election on Friday morning, according to sources familiar with the environmental group's plans.

The early nod is welcome news for O'Malley at a time when budget cuts have hampered the agendas of many left-learning interest groups, including environmentalists. O'Malley won praise from the group this week for including $20 million in his proposed budget for a Chesapeake Bay cleanup program that lawmakers are threatening to cut.

The League endorsed O'Malley in 2006 but not until the fall, after then-Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) dropped out of the Democratic primary.

O'Malley has drawn a Democratic challenger this year: George W. Owings III, a former state veterans affairs secretary. The governor's Republican opponent remains unclear, as former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) continues to mull a rematch with O'Malley.

The League issued an advisory on Thursday, advertising "a major announcement" Friday. A representative of the group declined comment on the nature of the announcement.

By John Wagner  |  January 21, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
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Gee, you'd think they would at least want to know who else is running.

Posted by: member8 | January 21, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Being pretty much able to surmise that the best the financially bankrupt MD GOP can muster is Erlich or Hogan...I'd say endorsing O'Malley is 100% logical (from this group's point of view).

Posted by: free-donny | January 22, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Another $20M, hooray! A clean Chesapeake Bay by 1988!, 1998!, 2008!, 2018? maybe? Oh who cares, just keep the money flowing!!!

What a bunch of F'ing idiots! Thank god for that money tree or we might be in real trouble or at least have to expect some accountability, wouldn't want that!

Posted by: savethepcbs | January 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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