Former presidential contender Gary Hart bought him his first drink after he turned 21. He wishes he played music more often. And his wife, a district court judge, makes the final rulings in his home as well.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) shared that and more during an interview Sunday with CNN’s Candy Crowley. The online segment accompanied O’Malley’s appearance with Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) on Crowley’s show “State of the Union.”
During the interview, O’Malley talked about growing up in a family of six children in Montgomery County, which he said was “a moderate or small-sized Irish Catholic family” in his parish.
O’Malley, the front man in a semi-retired Celtic rock band, said he would not play full-time if he could make a living at it. But he said he wished his band, O’Malley’s March, played more.
“I think music is important,” O’Malley told Crowley. “I don’t do enough of it frankly. Whenever I do bring the band out of semi-retirement, it usually makes for a bigger splash than it does a sound. But I enjoy doing it.”
O’Malley, who got his start in Democratic politics working for Hart, shared that the former Colorado senator and presidential aspirant bought him his first drink upon turning 21 and that the moment was captured in a picture.
And in response to some prodding by Crowley, O’Malley said his wife, Catherine Curran O’Malley, a district court judge in Baltimore, has the final say at home.
“She does. It’s easier that way,” O’Malley said. “When we were both lawyers before she became a judge, we would argue and nobody one would ever resolve it. But now it’s very clear: Katie’s in charge, and that’s the way that goes.”