Governor O’Malley has proven that he is out of touch with the realities of ordinary life in Maryland.
With gas prices at $4 a gallon and climbing, Maryland drivers will soon experience even more pain courtesy of Governor O’Malley. Coming this fall, they will be subject to whopping toll increases – a 100% increase at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge alone. Not only that, but O’Malley is already laying the groundwork to push for an increased tax on gas during the fall Special Session. This is all coming at a time when Maryland’s economy is hurting and ordinary citizens are having trouble finding jobs. Maryland’s unemployment rate is 7.3%, and that isn’t likely to improve any time soon with major companies like Northrop Grumman planning to cut over 200 jobs in Maryland by the end of the month. This in addition to the 600 voluntary buyouts the company has planned in our state. Last year, that company chose to locate its headquarters in Virginia rather than in Maryland. With Maryland ranked as the 45th worst state to do business in, it’s likely that other large companies will be making choices similar to the one Northrop Grumman made, forcing out-of-work Marylanders to either commute or re-locate out of state.
Perhaps the reason that the governor seems so out of touch with the realities of Maryland employment numbers is that no one in his inner-circle has trouble finding jobs – in fact, several of them have been on the taxpayer dole for years. The Governor himself has gone from City Council to Mayor and then to Governor (and all the time he spends picking on Governor Chris Christie makes you think he’s looking for a national run sometime soon). First Lady Katie O’Malley received a Glendenning appointment to a 10-year term as an Associate Judge to the First District Court of Maryland in 2001. This was two years after her brother, Max Curran, received a Glendenning appointment to a 6-year term on the Maryland Public Service Commission. (Max by the way just landed a job with O’Malley Enemy #1, Constellation Energy. That should make family dinners interesting). Governor O’Malley’s father-in-law, Joseph Curran III, has been a Delegate, a Senator, and the longest-serving Attorney General in Maryland’s history. Not wanting his father in law to get bored counting his pension dollars, O’Malley appointed Curran to chair the Sex Offender Advisory Board. But, the nepotism doesn’t stop there. The Gov’s baby brother, Peter O’Malley not content in his post at the Maryland Democratic Party, is about to start a new job as Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Baltimore. It isn’t hard to find work when you know people.
But you know, maybe we’re being too hard on the Governor. After all, he wants to give you a job too (well, if your name is Jeeves that is). A job listing posted Thursday on the Department of General Services website seeks a Housekeeper/Butler for Government House, the home of Maryland’s governor. Starting in the mid-$30,000s, the salary is negotiable. So nice that he could open his doors and hire one of the unwashed masses. If you’re having problems finding a job because Martin O’Malley has run employers out of the state, don’t worry! The Governor has a job for you, provided of course that you don’t mind washing the “First Underpants”.