Yesterday Governor Martin O’Malley took to this campaign email to blast members of the GOP for cheering the cuts the doomsday budget lays out:
Ten days ago, Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly failed to reach a consensus on a budget to move Maryland forward. Now, there is more work to do.
As Democrats, we know we need to come together to protect our investments in public education, affordable college and public safety — and we will come back to complete this important work.
The failure to pass a budget to move Maryland forward is bad enough, but the Republican reaction is even worse. When Republicans in Annapolis learned that the inaction by the Maryland General Assembly would result in more than $500 million in cuts to public education, public safety and social services, they cheered.
They cheered about the possibility of turning back Maryland’s progress over the past six years.
They cheered for cuts that will harm every school in every county.
They cheered for cuts that will harm every student in every classroom, every library, and every local police department.
They cheered for cuts that will raise tuition on every Maryland college student, make our community colleges less affordable and reduce funding for life-saving and innovative research and development.
For all of this, they cheered.
After blasting the GOP for cheering the cuts, the governor tried to play the elder statesman in Annapolis by imploring his party leaders to come together on a deal.
If there is ever a time to come together as Democrats, it is now. You and I both know that a modern economy requires modern investments, by all of us, for all of us.
Governor O’Malley has received a lot of bad press following the legislatures failure to reach a budget deal. Many blame his national ambitions as a reason the budget package wasn’t passed. Now he is fighting back.
Earlier today O’Malley took to twitter to blast Senate Democrats focus on gambling and that didn’t sit well with the Prince George’s County Young Democrats. See the governor’s tweets below and then the PGCYD response that follows.
Earlier this week Senate President Mike Miller, who represents part of Prince George’s, sent a two page letter to members of his chamber hitting back at efforts to blame him and County Executive Rushern Baker for pushing the National Harbor Casino project as the cause of the budget deadlock. With the special session likely weeks away, both sides of this inter-party struggle seem far apart.