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O'Malley announces 'official' campaign kick-off


He has stockpiled nearly $6 million in the bank, won the endorsements of environmentalists, teachers and firefighters, and already challenged Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to a debate, but if it wasn't obvious already, Gov. Martin O'Malley is running for re-election.

O'Malley's campaign manager on Sunday night released the schedule for the governor's "official" re-election campaign kickoff.

O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will begin campaigning next Tuesday, April 27, with a three-day, 11-stop tour beginning with events in Baltimore, Prince George's County and Montgomery County. Over the following two days, they'll crisscross the state with events in Hagerstown, Frederick, Columbia, Catonsville, Annapolis, Cambridge, Aberdeen and Waldorf.

Tom Russell, the governor's campaign manager, said the kick-off date was chosen a few weeks ago.

"Obviously, we needed to wait until the legislative session was done. There were some bill signings and some things going on directly after the session and we wanted to make sure that we got clear of that," Russell said. "But the reality is we are entering the campaign season. We felt like this was a good time now that we've got an opponent, finally. You know, we're ready to go."

After months of anticipation, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich (R) announced on March 31st that he would seek a rematch with O'Malley. He kicked off his campaign a couple days later with events in Rockville and his boyhood home town of Arbutus. Over the next two days he also conducted a statewide tour, with stops in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

The first three stops on O'Malley's tour will be the city he governed as mayor, the county his lieutenant governor represented in the General Assembly, and Montgomery County, where he grew up.

"They are large municipal areas but we also felt like there's really a personal story for the governor and lieutenant governor to tell in each of those areas," Russell said.

O'Malley faces not only a likely rematch with Ehrlich, but first a primary challenge by George W. Owings III, a former Maryland veterans affairs secretary. In January, Owings launched a long-shot challenge, criticizing O'Malley for raising taxes, making "devastating" budget cuts and seeking to repeal the death penalty.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 18, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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Voting for O'Malley is an idiot test.

It doesn't matter how much money he has, his record is so poor on every issue that you'd have to be an idiot to vote for him.

With that said, the Post will endorse him and state Democrats will vote for him because that's what their parents taught them to do.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | April 19, 2010 4:16 AM | Report abuse

Voting for O'Malley is an idiot test.

It doesn't matter how much money he has, his record is so poor on every issue that you'd have to be an idiot to vote for him. The man doesn't how to make money from a slot machine for goodness sake. He's screwed up the budget, he's overspent, he's raised taxes in a deep recession.

With that said, the Post will endorse him (they'll use some cliche about "looking after the poor") and state Democratic voters will vote for him because that's what their parents taught them to do that.

O'Malley continues to be the poster child for what's wrong with Maryland.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou16 | April 19, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Martin O'Malley is HOT, HOT, HOT! Still HOT after 4 years! Ehrlichman is as dumb as a stump and looks like a sad sack of sh't next to O'Malley. Plus, Ehrlichman's wife is a boozer. The repugnants really needed to do better then Ehrlichman to stand a chance against O'Malley. They needed to find a Scott Brown, instead they found old lard a''!

Posted by: SoCali | April 19, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley will be elected to another term as governor.

Posted by: bobby20 | April 19, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Governor O'Malley will be re-elected because of his record and because he's working with President Obama to improve the lives of the middle class, working poor and poor people. He has kept Maryland's bond rating safe while taking care of port security, higher education, and environmental issues, in spite of the recession. I'm proud of our Governor and First Lady because they have shown class and have represented us by working hard without a great deal of fanfare.

Remember that his opponent brought in busloads of homeless people from Philadelphia to hand out false information on the day to vote in the last election. He hired a thug to locate and fire anyone who did not support his agenda of promoting big business. Meanwhile, he and his wife went swanning around at fashion shows, golf courses, and on talk radio, using their children as props.

Posted by: patriciacaldwell | April 19, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Only time you'll see O'Malley in PG is if he's seeking votes. Other than that, PG is dead to him. Same for Cardin and Mikulski. But I got no problem with that -- I live in Baltimore, and they all bend over backwards to take care of us.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 19, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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