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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) on Thursday claimed some credit for the small business-lending bill that passed Congress, and he lumped himself in with congressional Democrats saying "we've made real progress in getting credit flowing again to our small businesses, enabling them to expand and create new jobs for hardworking Americans."

O'Malley's statement seemed designed to remind voters that a) the state had a modest small business lending program before the feds; b) he had called U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to push the idea; and c) O'Malley had successfully urged his colleagues at a National Governors Association meeting to sign a letter of support for Congress help for small businesses.

"The tough decisions we have had to make to get our economy back on track are paying off, as we move as a State and as a nation from recovery to prosperity." O'Malley said.

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) has charged that higher sales and other taxes that O'Malley supported have hurt small businesses.

O'Malley plans a series of events next week to draw attention to the small business lending act. His office said it wants to make sure local lenders are aware of all of the state and federal finance programs available to help small businesses access credit.

By Aaron C. Davis  | September 23, 2010; 6:43 PM ET
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