O’Malley’s thuggish side – Marta Mossburg – The Baltimore Sun – Governor wants the world to see a kind and inclusive Maryland — but don’t you dare disagree with him
10:14 a.m. EST, January 3, 2013
Attention national media: You know Martin O’Malley, defender of the underdog. It’s time to get to know Martin O’Malley, thug.
The Maryland governor, widely rumored to harbor presidential aspirations, canonized himself in the progressive movement for championing gay marriage and in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants in the last election. He also deftly weaved a portrait of Maryland as a green energy, public-education utopia during his many appearances on national cable TV news during election season as President Barack Obama‘s surrogate.
But the man who says that we should celebrate diversity cannot tolerate those who oppose his political viewpoints.
Here are three examples from the past year:
•The champagne had not stopped flowing from celebrating big wins for gay marriage and the Dream Act (the in-state tuition bill) before Governor O’Malley told WBAL that it is “a little too easy” to petition a law to referendum. (Both laws had been passed in the General Assembly and were pushed to the ballot via the referendum process by opponents.) “We’ve been best served in our state over the 200 or more years of our history by a representative democracy, rather than plebiscites,” he said.
How clever of him to use the language of democracy to undermine it. It is not simple to move a law to the ballot. Thousands of signatures must be collected and then verified by the state, part of the reason no statewide referendum had made it to the ballot in the previous 20 years. And there is no mechanism to put new laws on the ballot; only one to refer laws previously approved by the state legislature.
Read Marta’s full piece here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-mossburg-omalley-20130102,0,2173154.column#tugs_story_display