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Posted at 8:13 PM ET, 10/24/2010

My endorsement: Tech-savvy leadership

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Mary Ellis
Sykesville

I am happy that The Post endorsed Martin O’Malley for governor. I am a Democrat, and I support Mr. O’Malley mainly because he understands the importance of using up-to-date computer technology to run our state government. As mayor of Baltimore, he championed the use of data analysis and mapping for performance management in a program called CitiStat, modeled on one introduced by Rudy Giuliani to fight crime in New York. As governor, he supported similar programs: StateStat and BayStat. These innovations have undeniably cut costs and delivered services more efficiently, but they have also promoted by example another O’Malley strength: educational opportunities in technology for both our young people and our workforce. Not surprisingly, Mr. O’Malley’s work has since been imitated across the United States.

This year, he received an award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to promote government performance excellence through sound information technology solutions, policies and practice.” I think we can use four more years of that.

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By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 24, 2010; 8:13 PM ET
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Comments

As a Baltimore City resident your obsevations about O'Malley's "tech-savvy"ness is more of an indictment of his lack of real leadership than anything else. Its one thing to champion the use of CitiStat, which helped completely turn around New York City, but unlike Giuliani who is a real leader, O'Malley showed no capacity to make tough and informed decisions from the data garnered through the use of this technology. I agree with your underlying premise regarding the importance of technology, but that in no way can replace the most basic virtue needed in order to govern effectively, and that is committed leadership, something O'Malley did not provide in his tenure as Mayor, or in the last four years as Governor.

Posted by: markg5 | October 24, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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