Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley touched down Thursday in Miami, where he spoke to a gathering of longshoremen, mingled with donors to the Democratic Governors Association and apparently impressed some Miami Herald political reporters.
The stop in Florida was the latest in O’Malley’s political travels as chairman of the DGA. He is spending the next two days at a DGA policy conference in Aspen, Colo.
During a meeting with Herald reporters, O’Malley, who is trying to give the DGA a stronger voice on partisan issues, took some swipes at Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other newly elected GOP governors, according to an account on Naked Politics, a Herald blog.
“This new crop of governors, this last class, the tea party governors, are helping to draw distinctions between Democratic and Republican governors that were sometimes a little more difficult to see in the past,” O’Malley said. “Whether it’s in how they negotiate with labor unions — their philosophy about infrastructure — they live in a make-believe world. I don’t think it’s a Republican or Democratic notion that a modern economy requires modern investments, but these guys would have you believe that the beginning and end of a governor’s job is just to cut.”
The reaction of the Herald reporters, according to the blog: “First impression: O’Malley could play well on the national stage, with a clear speaking style and blue-collar sensibility from a Mason-Dixon state.”