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October 5, 2010

Bill Clinton to headline fundraiser for O'Malley

Gov. Martin O'Malley is awash with presidential attention this cycle -- invitations just went out inviting donors to an Oct. 21 fundraiser in Baltimore with former President Bill Clinton.

Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Abbruzzese would not confirm the event, say how many people are expected to attend or how much money the event is meant to raise. But, according to the invitation, the fundraiser will be at the Museum of Industry, a waterfront location frequently used for such purposes.

Ehrlich's campaign also announced a political star appearance -- he's holding an event with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who warmed the hearts of fiscal conservatives this year by chopping that state's budget. Christie also, in a speech earlier this year, singled out Maryland as a state that makes poor budgeting decisions.

For O'Malley, the Clinton fundraiser will follow an appearance by President Barack Obama in Prince George's County on Thursday. Vice President Joe Biden has also stumped for O'Malley this cycle.

The Clinton event won't be open to the public. But there's some chatter that Clinton might also do a rally for O'Malley. The timing would make sense -- the former President will be here on the eve of the first early voting day.

Clinton and O'Malley have friendly history. The pair traveled to Ireland together in 2000 and Clinton had warm words for the then-newly minted Baltimore mayor at a New York Democratic leadership event that year.

Clinton also campaigned hard for O'Malley in 2006, cutting a television ad and appearing at a rally in Prince George's County. (See photo on left.)

In what was widely viewed as payback, O'Malley was one of the first governors to support Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid.

Interestingly the two were not always so cozy. In 1992, as a Baltimore City Councilman, O'Malley managed the Maryland campaign for Sen. Bob Kerrey who vied with Clinton for the party's presidential nomination but then dropped out.

Posted by Annie Linskey at 4:22 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: People


Just like KrispyKreme Christie, Ehrlich is a big bully. Just like Ehrlich, Christie will be a one term governor.

unrest- real mature. Call a guy a name, then call him a bully. Aren't bullies the ones who usually call people 'fat'? Very oxymoronic of you.

Two liars in the same room! One night only! Owe'Malley even tries to talk like Clinton! Wonder if they will do impersonations?

Think Clinton knows about Owe'Malley's deceptive tuition freeze ad?

The one where he leaves out how under him out-of-state and graduate tuition, student fees, room and board all skyrocketed!

But thank god those kids in the commercial could afford to go to school. Can you imagine if they would have had to cancel their blackberry's if tuition went up a total of $1000 over 4 years like it did under Ehrlich?

Its all on the Regents website!

Martin is scared. He is going out of State for money but the sun will not high light that. i hope clinton rememebr how OMAlley through his wife under the bus when she lost the presidential nomination. He quickly switched up on her. They are all fake. We need new leaders.

After all Karl Rove's favorite puppet has done to destroy thee lives of schoolkids in NJ there's a lot worse names I could call him. He's a bully and in his next election the people of NJ will come to their senses & he will be shown the door.

O'Malley and Clinton =

Birds of a feather!

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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.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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