Wednesday, July 1, 2015

O'Malley On the Move

Already made one:

"Martin O’Malley pins hope on Iowa caucuses; Strives to build momentum" by Annie Linskey Globe Staff  June 15, 2015

IOWA CITY — For Martin O’Malley the Iowa way is the only way. The former Maryland governor’s narrow path to the Democratic nomination hinges on persuading people at this bar and in homes across the state to support him in the caucuses seven months from now, longtime advisers and donors agree. A strong second, or even an upset, is possible here in a way that isn’t in the cards anywhere else.

He knows it, too; that’s why he and a crew of staff piled into a white sport utility vehicle and drove at breakneck speeds past rain-soaked farms from event to event last week. Still, the already faint track to victory for him in 2016 has been muddied recently by several factors out of O’Malley’s immediate control.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has vacuumed up voters on the left who are skeptical of Hillary Rodham Clinton, landing him in the valuable second-place berth here that could ignite a candidacy.

See: Sanders Surging

And riots in Baltimore beamed some of America’s most hopeless neighborhoods into homes across the country, undercutting O’Malley’s message of progress in that city.

I've mentioned that. His tough-on-crime stance and the fact that he presided over and facilitated much of the wealth inequality e$$entially dooms him.

Both of these issues came up at campaign events in Iowa last week, and O’Malley stayed resolute in a commitment to keep showing up in the state and take sometimes uncomfortable questions.

The trip to Iowa was O’Malley’s 10th since January 2014. He has made eight trips to New Hampshire — including one Saturday — and four trips to South Carolina in the same time period.

A super PAC supporting O’Malley’s candidacy has so far run TV ads in three cities, all of them in Iowa.


Still, O’Malley’s late start — his May 30 announcement was six weeks after Clinton and a month after Sanders — means he missed a critical window where he could have soaked up news coverage in the state.

Clinton’s campaign was always going to be an oxygen-sucking bonfire, but Sanders used his headstart on O’Malley to define himself, in the absence of an Elizabeth Warren candidacy, as the liberal alternative. The Vermont senator got three standing ovations from an audience of more than 700 people Friday evening at Drake University before he even opened his mouth.

Sanders, it turns out, is being backed by big Jewish oligarchs like Adelson.

Advisers believe O’Malley, 52, will emerge as the more electable alternative to the 73-year-old Sanders, particularly after voters realize that both are running on a similar populist message.

Time for me to move on from covering this in$ide ba$eball political bull$hit that is all diversionary $pew.

“I think Bernie is a bit of a stalking horse,” said George Appleby, O’Malley’s state chairman.

Oh, I agree. He's to deliver the left to Queen Clinton.

The work has yet to pay off. O’Malley remains stuck in the low single digits in Iowa polls, compared to the mid-teens for Sanders (Clinton is at a whopping 60 percent).

Just came to an abrupt stop.

But he has clearly made some of the right connections, yet it is O’Malley’s record as Baltimore’s mayor that is getting the closest scrutiny from Iowa voters. Faced with a persistently high murder rate, O’Malley ushered in an era of zero-tolerance policing that was imported directly from Rudy Giuliani’s New York City.

Oh, God, he's a Rudy Giuliani disciple!

Some, including Baltimore’s current mayor, have pointed to those O’Malley-era policies as the point where relations frayed between police and the policed in Baltimore.

He thought it would good on the nominating resume. Oooops.

In the Iowa pub, one woman asked a lengthy and detailed question about his law enforcement record.

“As mayor of Baltimore you oversaw an era of mass arrests,” she said, recounting the hundreds of thousands of people arrested on his watch.

He responded by saying that violent crime was a scourge when he took over, and it plummeted on his watch.

“You weren’t in Baltimore in 1999,’’ O’Malley said, “but I was.”


I think he just lost a voter with the condescending defense of the indefensible.


At least he has a man in New Hampshire:

"State Treasurer’s aide moves on to White House campaign in N.H." by Jill Terreri Ramos Globe Correspondent  June 05, 2015

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is running in the Democratic primary for president, and is competing against two politicians well-known to New Hampshire voters: former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won the primary there in 2008, and US Senator Bernie Sanders, who has represented neighboring Vermont in Congress since 1990....

Matthew Sheaff, 30, has handled communications for some of Massachusetts’ top government officials, takes his work seriously and is a team player, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said in an interview. She described him as “extremely committed and focused on whomever it is he is working for.”

Good recommendation are hard to come by from Goldberg.

Related: Treasuring Casinos

Also seeMass. Lottery sales near a record $5b

Preying on the poor is good business.

I already spent my money at the track, but the Globe keeps dealing the cards.

Sheaff was part of Goldberg’s core team, but the treasurer said she understands his move, even after working for her for just five months.

“We understand that opportunities to work on a presidential campaign don’t come along every day,” she said.

Try quoting a nonprofit and going to work in her office and see what happens.

In Washington, Sheaff was also deputy press secretary at Strong American Schools, funded by the Gates and Broad foundations, and communications director at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs....

Meaning he is part of the elite cla$$ put in place to help push the agenda.


Making his way through Massachusetts now:

"Heavy hitters raising cash for Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley" by Jim O’Sullivan Globe Staff  June 29, 2015

Prominent members of a Massachusetts Democratic fund-raising network that boosted Barack Obama in 2008 and Deval Patrick two years earlier are hosting high-dollar events for presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on Tuesday.

The bulk of the state’s Democratic establishment, which splintered in 2008 between Obama and then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, has coalesced thus far behind Clinton.

Look at all the corporate ca$h and wealth politics is awash in while real problems in this country go neglected.

But the three events in the Boston area reflect a residual disenchantment with the Democratic front-runner among some of the party’s local power brokers.

Diddy Cullinane and John Cullinane, the software magnate, are hosting an evening event for O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, at the Dedham Country and Polo Club, where attendees are asked for up to $5,400, according to an invitation obtained by the Globe.

That follows an afternoon fund-raiser on Boylston Street headlined by close Patrick allies such as Joshua Boger, Amy Boger, and Sean Curran, which carries the same asking price.

O’Malley is also holding a luncheon fund-raiser at the Mintz Levin law firm, where access runs up to $1,000.

O’Malley so far has yet to make much of a dent in the Democratic primary polls, trailing both Clinton and US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

But the dynamics between the Clintons and supporters of Obama and Patrick have long been complicated, after Obama’s upstart run against Clinton in 2008, which Patrick — along with other top Massachusetts Democrats like Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry — endorsed.

Tuesday’s events come as Sanders, a socialist, has carved out something of a niche as the liberal alternative to Clinton — a lane O’Malley backers had hoped he would fill.

The Cullinanes are longtime contributors to Democratic causes. Diddy Cullinane was an early Obama supporter, having made contributions to both his 2004 Senate race and, in late 2007, his presidential campaign, according to federal campaign finance documents.

John Cullinane helped pave the way for Massachusetts’ software industry and has since helped tech companies in Ireland through the Cullinane Group. The couple were also longtime family friends with the late senator Kennedy.

Boger was a prominent Patrick backer during his gubernatorial campaigns and his tenure in office, and he helped Patrick craft the idea for his post-politics career in venture capital. The Vertex Pharmaceuticals founder has been a heavy political contributor for years, giving mostly to Democratic causes, including to Obama in 2007. Federal Election Commission records show that Boger has made nearly $290,000 in federal political contributions since 2000.

I'll bet he can afford a nice suit.

Amy Boger has donated nearly $79,000 since 2006, records show.

Curran, who cochaired Patrick’s campaign finance committee during his successful reelection bid in 2010, is a state lobbyist who helped unveil Patrick’s official gubernatorial portrait in January.

The Boylston Street event is cohosted by, among others, Colette Phillips, a Boston public relations executive who was also an early donor to Obama and Patrick, according to federal and state campaign finance records. Private equity executive David Belluck, a heavy Obama fund-raiser who has helped O’Malley build his Massachusetts network in the past, is also among the cohorts.

Meaning nothing will change if O'Malley moves into the White House. Politics are dominated by such characters. That's why this country has been destroyed.


Nothing about O'Malley's medical issues(???).

NDU: I folded it.