Obama e-mail blast supports O'Malley campaign
From: Barack Obama
Subject: Support Martin O'Malley
If you're a Marylander and you ever shared your e-mail address with the Obama campaign, chances are you'll receive a message Thursday that begins something like that.
The e-mail, which praises Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as "a true champion for the people of Maryland" and asks supporters to "do your part to ensure he has four more years to continue his work," follows word on Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser for O'Malley later this month.
Combined the two add weight to suggestions made in recent weeks by O'Malley aides that Obama and members of his administration might appear on the campaign trail with the incumbent before November.
It would be a little of a role reversal. For the past two years, O'Malley, an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, has worked to position himself alongside Obama wherever possible.
Returning the favor would be a relatively safe bet for Obama, who is still wildly popular in Baltimore, Prince George's and other urban areas in Maryland. Statewide, his approval rating also remains about 62 percent, more than 8 points higher than nationally, according to a recent Washington Post poll.
The question is, will Obama support drive voters to the polls for O'Malley? The Post poll found O'Malley leading by 8 percentage points, but in a dead-heat with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., (R) among those who said they were certain to vote in November.
The O'Malley campaign seems to think so. In a follow-up e-mail to O'Malley supporters, campaign manager Tom Russell wrote that "Governor O'Malley is working hard to Move Maryland Forward - but don't take my word for it. Check out President Obama's message to thousands of Marylanders below ... Can we count on your help?
The full text of the e-mail:
"Friend --Since being elected Governor in 2006, Martin O'Malley has been a true champion for the people of Maryland.
He has restored a sense of fiscal responsibility and helped the state grow sustainably, expanding access to health care coverage, continuing to improve Maryland's schools, while also restoring the Chesapeake Bay. And, his four-year freeze on college tuition brought the cost of higher education within reach of middle class families.
Governor O'Malley has a lot more to contribute to your state -- and I hope you will do your part to ensure he has four more years to continue his work.
These next few years will be tough, and there is much we need to accomplish together.
And that job will be much easier if there are bold leaders like Governor O'Malley working with us to achieve the same goals.
But his path to re-election will not be easy. His opponent will have lots of support from corporate PACs and lobbyists.
That is why Governor O'Malley needs your support -- knocking on doors, making calls to your neighbors, and working to get the word out about his campaign for Maryland.
Can Governor O'Malley count on your help?
Get started here:http://md.barackobama.com/OMalley2010
President Barack Obama
Visit: MD.BarackObama.com | Get updates: Text MD to 62262 to get important information from OFA in your area."
Aaron C. Davis
July 8, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections
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