O'Malley announces small business initiative
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced a new commission Thursday morning to study small business, and Andy Barth finds the timing suspicious.
Barth's boss, Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., has been pounding small business relief in his bid to win the governorship back from the Democratic O'Malley. Not 18 hours before O'Malley's announcement Thursday, Ehrlich was telling small business owners in Carroll County that he would soon unveil "major initiatives" aimed at helping them.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” spokesman Andy Barth told The Baltimore Sun's Julie Bykowicz. “But Governor O'Malley, in this case, is too little, too late.”
In fact, O'Malley was announcing an executive order that he signed on Tuesday, based on a recommendation made by a task force in December.
“You can’t start the conversation from today," Rick Abbruzzese, O'Malley's campaign spokesman, told Bykowicz. “The governor understands that leadership is more than just lip service."
Abbruzzese said O’Malley “has been talking about small businesses right along.” He cited the governor’s longtime promotion of cyber security and biotechnology, and his use of federal stimulus dollars to “get boots on the ground and put people to work."