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Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley Endorses Dean for President

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This one is exciting for me. For any of you who know me (all two of you!), you know that one of my favorite politicians in the United States in Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore.

Part of the most painful part of the ordeal with Dean and the DLC fiasco was the fact that O'Malley, who I have great respect for, is a prominent member of the group.

Esquire called him "the best young mayor in America." I, like many others, believe that if he had been nominated for governor of Maryland instead of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Democrats would still have the governor's office. O'Malley decided that there was still more work to be done in Baltimore.

All of that aside, O'Malley has done and extraordinary job as mayor of Baltimore.

December 16, 2003
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley Endorses Dean for President

BALTIMORE--Today, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

"The more I considered this decision, the clearer it became that Howard Dean is the one candidate I'm excited about. He's bringing new ideas and people into American politics," said Mayor O'Malley.

Governor Dean responded to the Mayor's endorsement: "I'm very pleased to gain the support of one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. Martin O'Malley is a national leader on homeland security and performance politics--making government accountable to the people. He is a great addition to our growing team, moving America in a better, more hopeful direction."

"Governor Dean's vision is one that will result in more jobs, not 2 million fewer, as we have seen on President Bush's watch - with poverty growing. As a doctor, he understands that it is simply unacceptable that 40 million American's don't have health care," continued Mayor O'Malley. "He is committed to a strong national defense - both abroad and here at home. And he realizes that America's cities are the places where we will determine just how great our nation is; he sees cities like Baltimore as opportunities, not as burdens."

"Unlike the current Administration, he understands that our national motto is 'Out of Many, One'--not every man for himself. Like President Clinton, he understands that balancing the federal budget is good for the economy. And, as his campaign shows, he knows that government can't solve all problems--you have to engage people in working for change. People are smart. They understand that as we fight a war on terror, we must make sacrifices and choices."

"Howard Dean's priorities are America's priorities. They're my priorities. And I'm proud to stand with Governor Dean as we work to take back America -- and America's place in the world as a nation to be admired."

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