Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) touted the good news for Democrats nationally in Tuesday’s elections during a pair of television appearances, including one Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, pointed to the re-election of Kentucky’s Democratic governor and the rejection of a ballot measure limiting collective bargaining that was championed by Ohio’s Republican governor.
“I think the over-reach is what the people of Ohio were pushing back against,” O’Malley told host Joe Scarborough, referring to a law that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) had pushed.
O’Malley also credited Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) for sticking to his job-creation message and running a disciplined campaign that resulted in a 56 percent to 35 percent win over his GOP opponent Tuesday.
O’Malley had less to say both on MSNBC and during an appearance late Tuesday night on Fox News about another gubernatorial race: the Republican triumph in Mississippi of Phil Bryant, the lieutenant governor under Gov. Haley Barbour (R), over Democrat Johnny DuPree, the mayor of Hattiesburg.
The results largely round out O’Malley’s record during an outspoken year as DGA chairman. Counting Tuesday’s contests, Democrats and Republicans split four governor’s races this year.
The most colorful moment of O’Malley’s morning appearance with Scarborough came when the host unexpectedly donned a University of Maryland football jersey. O’Malley sent it to him following a previous appearance on the show, during which the two playfully sparred over its attractiveness.
On Wednesday, Scarborough repeated his contention that the jersey — which incorporates the red, gold, black and white of Maryland’s flag — is “one of the ugliest jerseys I’ve ever seen in my life.”
He later chided O’Malley for sending a small one. “My 8-year-old girl is going to be wearing it as a dress this weekend,” Scarborough said.