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O'Malley kicks off reelection bid in Baltimore

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) just spoke in Baltimore, the first stop of a whirlwind three-day tour kicking off his reelection campaign.

Appearing with his family in front of nearly 400 supporters, O'Malley said everything he has done as governor has been to create jobs and "move Maryland forward," and to leave it in better shape for the next generation.

"There are some who will run for office to take Maryland back. I run for office to move Maryland forward. And that is why, with Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown at my side, I announce my candidacy to move all of Maryland forward," O'Malley said.

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"One of the things I love about the people I am blessed to serve is that when times are tough, Marylanders don't make excuses, we make progress. ... That's what we do: progress that is only possible when we bring people forward and make the tough decisions and the tough choices, like cutting spending, like reducing the size of government. ... Tough choices, all while maintaining fiscal responsibility and protecting the families of Maryland."

O'Malley then rattled off a laundry list of achievements for Maryland schools and heavily touted the 35,000 jobs created last month as evidence that his administration has done better than those in most other states at weathering the economic downturn.

As O'Malley wrapped up the 10-minute speech, a crowd of fellow lawmakers, Baltimore union hands, city workers and family friends broke into the last of several rounds of applause, and U2's "In the Name of Love" blared from a professional sound system rolled out along the water for the event.

The heavily staged event also appeared to create made-for-TV atmospherics, with two-thirds of the crowd corralled into a gated, 40-by-40-foot area directly between the podium and a stage erected for the more than dozen television crews on hand.

O'Malley appears in Prince George's and Waldorf this afternoon, and in Rockville tonight.

-- Aaron C. Davis

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
 
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