Gov. O'Malley Shows Up in Tampa, Tongue Sharpened

The chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association compares the tone of Chris Christie's keynote at the Republican National Convention to that of Don Rickles' angry humor.


By Matt McNab, Capital News Service

Gov. Martin O'Malley made a surprise appearance in Tampa Tuesday, criticizing Republican candidate Mitt Romney and other high-profile Republicans, leading to a quick, critical response by the state's delegates.

O'Malley appeared at the Democrats' "rapid-response" center just outside the convention's security perimeter at a press conference Tuesday, slamming Romney's economic plan and his record at Bain Capital.

"Romney economics would spell disaster for America's middle class," he said. "Gov. Romney does not have what it takes to grow this economy. The lessons he learned as a corporate buyout specialist were not lessons that should be applied to a national economy."

O'Malley, who as chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association has taken a prominent role in this year's campaign, was especially critical of Romney's private sector experience, calling Romney out over a lack of middle class job creation.

"The type of business experience that Mitt Romney has during his time at Bain Capital is not the experience of job creation," he said. "It is not the experience that led to a stronger, growing middle class. It is not the experience that led to job creation on a national scale."

O'Malley also slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Romney's running mate, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, R-WI, over middle class job creation.

"Tonight you're going to see Chris Christie, a governor who has the fourth worst unemployment rate in the country, giving his angry, Don Rickles keynote," he said, "extolling the virtues of their candidate, Mitt Romney, and holding up as their new face, Congressman Ryan, part of the most unpopular House of Representatives in modern times."

O'Malley's appearance led to members of Maryland's delegation calling an impromptu afternoon press conference, held on a walkway in the Tampa Convention Center.

"Gov. O'Malley crashing our convention is a waste of time," said State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Upper Shore. "And he should not be talking about jobs after the dismal performance over the last few months."

State Senate Minority Leader and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Tony O'Donnell said O'Malley was making "a mockery of the free-enterprise system" in the state.

"The country deserves to know what a fraud O'Malley is," he said. "We have a structural deficit of over $1 billion, we're losing jobs at a higher rate than anyone else in the country and we have an underfunded pension system. There's much to do in our state. The Democratic folks are very desperate to hold on to their national power.

Maryland Republican delegate and New Day Maryland PAC President Charles Lollar agreed.

"It's not a tranquil state at all," he said. "We have a $1 billion deficit and a governor who expects to cover that with revenues from taxes we haven't even seen yet. We're the second-wealthiest state in the country and we still continue to raise taxes."

O'Donnell said O'Malley's presence in Tampa likely would mean a Republican presence in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention next week, but he does not plan on attending.

"I won't be in Charlotte," he said. "I've got bigger fish to fry running against Steny Hoyer."

O'Malley is set to appear on an MSNBC talk show on Friday alongside Christie.

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TaterSalad September 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The President does NOT deserve a second term and the majority of America, minus the "Useful Idiots" of the left wing completely agree! http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/04/poll-majority-of-americans-say-obama-does-not-deserve-a-second-term-country-in-worse-condition-since-he-took-office/
B Allen September 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
yeah, go figure...a republican gov at a republican convention. At least one thing is clear, OWEmalley did what he does best...stuck his foot in his mouth once again. My dem family in PA cannot believe how stupid OWEmalley is. My brother asked me if ALL dems in maryland are as stupid as he is...All I could say was "birds of a feather DO flock together.hahahahahahaha
B Allen September 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Old Cat, I have to disagree with you a little bit. You posted "O'Malley is a fiscal incompetent", I beg to differ...He is JUST INCOMPETENT, nothing more, nothing less. hahaha
B Allen September 05, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Because that is all you people do jag(off) is race bait, race watch, race onlookers, racists, or whatever else has to do with race cards... You always pop up when the race issue is of no concern and you bring it up. Don't forget, NObama is 1/2 white...he is not really black. But then again, his dual race has NOTHING to do with how incompetent he is. Even Joe Biden said “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” I do beg to differ, there were MANY MORE before him that would run rings around NObama politically. I would LOVE to see Allen West go against him in a debate, West would squash NObama.
B Allen September 05, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Well, OWEmalley showed his true colors again by showing everyone that he is an idiot...He spoke the truth that Americans are NOT better off one day, they got his hiney spanked and sent back out there the next day to say that Americans WERE better off...what is the word you left wing liers use now???? oh yeah, "MISSPOKE" Then the dems had to scramble to come up with lies to cover up the truth...oh' out of the mouths of babes comes the truth...I say that because libs act like a bunch of children


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