Martin O’Malley Legacy of Failure

Barb Wire

When former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley declared his presidential candidacy, the Democrat’s record as governor for eight years, after being mayor of Baltimore for eight years, was an obvious hindrance:

Martin O’Malley launched his presidential campaign Saturday with an appeal to the party’s progressive base that he hopes will upend the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is destined to clinch the Democratic nomination.

The former Maryland governor unveiled his campaign in Baltimore, the city where he was once mayor — a role that is central to his political persona.

But his Baltimore credentials could become more of a challenge than he initially thought after a riot erupted in the city in April.

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Gee, ya think? And do you think that maybe some members of “the party’s progressive base” are smart enough to look at O’Malley’s record and figure out it’s all smoke and mirrors to conceal his glaring incompetence?

Speaking of incompetence:

With three men killed in eastside shootings on Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years.

The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration.

Speaking at a morning ceremony to honor McKenzie Elliott, the 3-year-old killed by a stray bullet in August, Rawlings-Blake said it’s time to stop finger-pointing and assigning blame for the recent violence.

“Stop all this finger-pointing! Why are you looking at me?” This is what being a Democrat is about: Avoiding responsibility.

Say whatever you have to say to get elected and avoid blame when it all goes to hell.

This is Martin O’Malley’s legacy to Baltimore.

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Robert Stacy McCain
Robert Stacy McCain is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the news business. He is a correspondent for The American Spectator, editor-in-chief at Viral Read and blogs at TheOtherMcCain.com.

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