O'Malley announces his own mystery of the week
Being cryptic seems to be in vogue this campaign season.
On Monday, Republican gubernatorial contender Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. asked his Facebook fans to guess who he will choose as his running mate. He'll reveal his selection on the social media site later this week. Unwilling to let Ehrlich to be the only man of mystery, Gov. Martin O'Malley's campaign just put out a tantalizing release of its own as a lead-in to an upcoming O'Malley announcement:
"Still, the news expected this week may be the biggest of all for protecting our priorities and building a strong and growing workforce in Maryland for years to come. The news could be a game changer, and it will set off a series of announcements by the O'Malley-Brown campaign to move Maryland forward."
A "game changer?" Where have we heard that before?
Rick Abbruzzese, O'Malley's campaign spokesman, described the Democratic candidate's announcement as "significant," but declined to provide any details whatsoever. A location for the announcement has not been announced. Maybe Facebook?
Social media and the proliferation of blogs, including the one you're reading, enable candidates to make "news" just by announcing that they'll be making news later. It's part of the 2010 political game, and campaigns seem to think it's a good way to pass the summer. It's free, after all. We're "guessing" that as Nov. 2 closes in, candidates will ditch the riddles.