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March 5, 2009

O'Malley, Alonso slam Steele

Looks like the folks at Frederick Douglass were not amused about being held up by RNC Chairman Michael Steele as the poster children for urban eduational disfunction. Baltimore Schools CEO Andres Alonso and Gov. Martin O'Malley, who happened to be at the school for a town hall meeting last night, demanded an apology. Steele's comments in a CNN interview struck a particular chord, since he had been to the school three years before and promised a personal effort to improve the place. So far as anyone can tell, he hasn't been back since.

"I don't think Michael Steele has been here since he came in an election year to demagogue, kick around our children," O'Malley said last night before his town hall meeting at Douglass on education and the economy.

In the scheme of the criticism Steele is facing these days, ticking off some Democrats in Baltimore doesn't quite register on the same scale as going toe-to-toe with Rush Limbaugh and blinking. But if party members continue to grumble about their new chairman, this could fit into a narrative about a guy who's a little too glib for his own good.

Posted by Andy Green at 10:40 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Michael Steele


Steele should apologize when O'Malley apologizes to Dr Grasmick for wanting to fire her.

O'Malley should also apologize to the citizens of his "One Maryland" for raising their utility bills.

O'Malley say something political in response to a political comment... say it ain't so!

Now, what you didn't say is if anyone asked O'Malley about his education budget trickery from earlier this year (before the Obama stimulus).

Nothing new here, just a typical response from our immature governor.
Does he ever listen to his own preaching?
I wish O'Malley could have went to the school last night with big news; Something like, I found the lost education money that disappeared when I was Mayor.

It's funny that Dr. Alonso all of a sudden an O'Malley hailer/supporter when a few weeks ago he was blasting the Governor about Education funding!

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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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