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March 11, 2009

No slack for O'Malley's March

In her column today reporting on the release of the new O'Malley's March CD, Laura Vozzella asks a simple question: "Ehrlich took more than a few hits from Team O'Malley for playing lots of golf while in office. Can't O'Malley be fairly accused of strumming while Maryland burns? Or should Republicans and Dems alike just concede that eveyone needs a way to blow off gubernatorial steam?"

Apparently not. The state GOP sent out a release this afternoon with the subject, "O'Malley Fiddles While Maryland Burns" that includes:

“Maybe Martin O’Malley should have been spending more time working to really streamline Maryland’s government and relieve the burden on working families and less time recording his latest ‘O’Malley’s March’ album,” [state GOP chairman Jim] Pelura concluded.

“In the midst of a budget crisis, during one of the most difficult economic times our state and nation has faced in recent years, Martin O’Malley is holding a “CD Release Party” in Baltimore on Saturday, March 14th to promote his newest album. Tickets are $25,” said MDGOP Executive Director Justin Ready. “Perhaps Governor O’Malley could donate the proceeds from that event to help state employees keep their jobs.”

And then the GOP includes this picture. Because they consider it flattering, I'm sure:

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Posted by Andy Green at 2:14 PM | | Comments (7)
        

Comments

NerO'Mally?

This man is a disgrace!

When I was younger, I used to play in a band on the weekends. Then I got a day job, got married, and had a family. There was not enough time for me to be a good boss, good husband, good father and good musician, so I stopped playing in the band. Martin must have different priorities than mine to keep on playing.

Democrats never concede anything to republicans in this state, so why should republicans when the shoe's on the other foot?

Well, you have to admit, he's good at the music gig -- as opposed to his day gig. In fact, I wish he'd give up his day gig and go back to the bar band.

The saying for someone who tries and fails as a singer has always been "Don't give up your day gig!!!" In Marty's case it is "Don't give up your night gig!!!!!" My hubby and I have been saying this since he was Mayor and things have not changed now that he is Govenor. We have always said that he is a better musician then politician!!!!!!

As the mom of a peabody student of music, I was told he sucks.

Give me a break - what is wrong with him playing in a band for fun?
He is not making a living at it. And no one should expect him to work as governor 24/7. Do you work 24/7 at yours? Do you really expect politician do devote all of their time? Be real people.
I wish I was in Baltimore and could see his band play.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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