There is a prison scandal unfolding in Maryland: 13 correctional officials were indicted on Thursday. But the governor is out of town.
[Senate president Thomas] Miller said he would like to see Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) make the issue a priority following his return from an eight-day trade mission to Israel and Jordan that began Saturday.
“I expect as soon as he gets back for this to be issue No. 1,” Miller said.
It seems that O’Malley is considering a run for the presidency in 2016, and he’s in Israel on a ten-day visit to the region. Jodi Rudoren reports in the New York Times:
Governor O’Malley, 50, said it was his third visit to Israel, and that he had brought with him about 50 high-tech executives, Jewish leaders, and Maryland officials for what is essentially a trade mission..
The visit comes two months after Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican similarly put forth as a potential 2016 candidate, made headlines during his own trip here by referring to Jerusalem as its capital, a point of contention with the Palestinians. Might he face off against Governor O’Malley?
“I plan for the latter half of this year to dedicate some more thought time, reflection time, to the question of whether or not I would run,” he said Tuesday…
A reporter pointed out that on his way into Bethlehem, he would see the controversial separation barrier Israel has erected in the West Bank. Mr. O’Malley said he had seen something similar in Northern Ireland. “They call it the peace wall,” he noted.