O'Malley takes aim at Florida's Gov. Scott
Add Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the list of Republicans that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has targeted since taking the helm of the Democratic Governors Association.
In a letter sent Friday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, O'Malley says Maryland would "benefit greatly from receipt of the federal high speed rail funds recently rejected by the Governor of Florida."
"Three newly elected Republican governors -- Florida's Rick Scott, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich -- have rejected federal money for high-speed rail, citing concern that their state's taxpayers might be saddled with cost overruns" and that projects would add to the national debt, reports The Post's Ashley Halsey III.
In his letter to LaHood, O'Malley expressed no such reservations and said that if other states don't want the federal funding to build the Obama administration's proposed national network of high-speed rail lines, Maryland would be happy to have it.
Earlier this month, O'Malley engaged in a war of words with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and had an unflattering take on Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's book "Fed Up!"
O'Malley is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner Saturday. His prepared remarks for the event show he plans a few more shots at his Republican counterparts.
Aaron C. Davis
| February 18, 2011; 2:03 PM ET
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