O'Malley Crashes GOP Convention, Draws Fire from Republican Delegates

Why do you think O'Malley showed up at and spoke out at the RNC?

Capital News Service

TAMPA, Fla. -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley made a surprise appearance in Tampa Tuesday, criticizing Republican candidate Mitt Romney and other high-profile Republicans, leading to a quick, critical response by the state's delegates.

O'Malley appeared at the Democrats' "rapid-response" center just outside the convention's security perimeter at a press conference Tuesday, slamming Romney's economic plan and his record at Bain Capital.

"Romney economics would spell disaster for America's middle class," he said. "Gov. Romney does not have what it takes to grow this economy. The lessons he learned as a corporate buyout specialist were not lessons that should be applied to a national economy."

O'Malley, who as chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association has taken a prominent role in this year's campaign, was especially critical of Romney's private sector experience, calling Romney out over a lack of middle class job creation.

"The type of business experience that Mitt Romney has during his time at Bain Capital is not the experience of job creation," he said. "It is not the experience that led to a stronger, growing middle class. It is not the experience that led to job creation on a national scale."

O'Malley also slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Romney's running mate, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, over middle class job creation.

"Tonight you're going to see Chris Christie, a governor who has the fourth worst unemployment rate in the country, giving his angry, Don Rickles keynote," he said, "extolling the virtues of their candidate, Mitt Romney, and holding up as their new face, Congressman Ryan, part of the most unpopular House of Representatives in modern times."

O'Malley's appearance led to members of Maryland's delegation calling an impromptu afternoon press conference, held on a walkway in the Tampa Convention Center.

"Gov. O'Malley crashing our convention is a waste of time," said Maryland Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin. "And he should not be talking about jobs after the dismal performance over the last few months."

Maryland House Minority Leader and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Tony O'Donnell said O'Malley was making "a mockery of the free-enterprise system" in the state.

"The country deserves to know what a fraud O'Malley is," he said. "We have a structural deficit of over $1 billion, we're losing jobs at a higher rate than anyone else in the country and we have an underfunded pension system. There's much to do in our state. The Democratic folks are very desperate to hold on to their national power." 

Maryland Republican delegate and New Day Maryland PAC President Charles Lollar agreed.

"It's not a tranquil state at all," he said. "We have a $1 billion deficit and a governor who expects to cover that with revenues from taxes we haven't even seen yet. We're the second-wealthiest state in the country and we still continue to raise taxes."

O'Donnell said O'Malley's presence in Tampa likely would mean a Republican presence in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention next week, but he does not plan on attending.

"I won't be in Charlotte," he said. "I've got bigger fish to fry running against Steny Hoyer."

Pipkin closed his comments by taking a dig at O'Malley's Irish band, which is slated to perform at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte.

"We look forward to his performance in the convention as part of his band," he said.

Tuesday's stop isn't O'Malley's only scheduled visit to Tampa. He is set to appear on an MSNBC talk show on Friday alongside Christie, but O'Donnell said he wouldn't be watching.

"I'm going to avoid it at all costs," he said.

David from VoxPop August 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The headline is entirely misleading and represents the worst sort of tabloid journalism. Mr. O'Malley, whether you like him or not, has EVERY right to criticize Romney and the GOP. It's his right as a citizen and it's his role as a partisan. His speech at the Democrat's "quick response" centre was well within his purvue as both citizen and Democratic partisan. The fact that the Republicans could only ATTACK and not defend their candidate, his record, or his bond fides is more telling than O'Malley's speech. Please, dear Patch editors, don't go the way of Fox news and post headlines that are false, misleading, and meant to drive traffic. Cheers, -d-
Rick August 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It's not a Fox News tagline - it's my personal opinion (and the opinion of many others I've talked to lately). Regardless of whether Obama is giving discretion back to the States, the fact remains that he removed the work requirement so this is NOT a lie. I don't really care if two Republican governors requested the change - it still does not make it right. The Medicare issue is not a lie either. Do you think the physicians the seniors are treating with are really going to continue taking Medicare patients when their payments from Medicare are being slashed significantly? These so-called "savings" will indeed affect Seniors as they won't be able to treat with their same doctors if they stop seeing Medicare patients. Of course, it probably won't matter anyway because if Obama has his way, Medicare will just be enveloped into Obama care and will end as we know it regardless.
Just a guy August 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. See http://www.factcheck.org/2012/08/does-obamas-plan-gut-welfare-reform/ And http://factcheck.org/2012/08/a-campaign-full-of-mediscare/ Just saying...
Dennis August 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I am counting on 4 more years of the "Obama nightmare" where the S&P 500 doubled during the past 4 years, Corporate taxes have not been this low since the 1950's and corporate profits have not been this high since Clinton. I doubt whether a corporate raider like Willard will be so fortunate to oversee a country this prosperous after he cuts taxes for millionaires, pits seniors against their children while destroying medicare, increasing the defense budget (which has been bloated for years) and guts the middle class. And the horse you rode in on Willard.
David J Iacono August 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Nice to see the Republican delegates took time from their strip club tour to notice.


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