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‘No. 1 issue’ in Maryland is prison scandal, but governor, mulling presidential run, is in– Israel

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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.

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  1. Hostage on April 28, 2013, 11:24 am

    Mr. O’Malley said he had seen something similar in Northern Ireland. “They call it the peace wall,” he noted.

    In Northern Ireland the inhabitants have demanded that the walls be torn down, and the leadership on both sides have adopted a time table to accomplish the task. Israel is still building walls. Unlike Northern Ireland, Israel is still enforcing an illegal pass system and denying some inhabitants residency on the basis of their ethnicity or religion and the location of the wall.

  2. amigo on April 28, 2013, 1:36 pm

    “Unlike Northern Ireland, Israel is still enforcing an illegal pass system and denying some inhabitants residency on the basis of their ethnicity or religion and the location of the wall.”

    Yup and Northern Ireland ended up a Bi National State (within a State).

    Maybe , O,Malley , who brings shame to we Irish, should do a little reading outside of his Zionist Handler,s “hasbara training sessions”.

    Another bottom feeder without morals or principles.

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    • Binyamin in Orangeburg on April 28, 2013, 8:49 pm

      Regrettably, Warren is a standard pro-Israel flak.

    • RoHa on April 28, 2013, 9:48 pm

      “Maybe , O,Malley , who brings shame to we Irish”

      How does an American bring shame to the Irish?

    • Citizen on April 30, 2013, 3:41 am

      @ amigo
      Yeah, it takes a certain kind of person, in this case Irish-American, to draw the Irish analogy to the Israeli Wall, and still suck up to the occupiers, rather than the natives. Maybe he’s an Orangeman.

  3. Krauss on April 28, 2013, 2:26 pm

    If the Republican base complains about electing candidates they view as too far to the left, the Democratic sin is that we elect a bunch of Rockefeller Republicans.

    Malley isn’t progressive. Neither is Hillary Clinton and Obama’s liberal creds are a joke. Sandberg is a billionare from Silicon Valley who’s more in touch of the venture capitalist crowd than she is with the working class. The Democratic primary for ’16 is already shaping up to be a disaster. Cuomo, of course, is super close to Wall St.

    Basically, anyone who will fight for the progressive caucus’ budget is a winner in my book. That’s why I want Warren to run. She’s over 60 after all and I don’t think voters punish people who have been in the senate a short time anymore.
    We just don’t have many progressives in the party establishment.

    • Citizen on April 30, 2013, 3:44 am

      @ Krauss

      Warren is great as far as she’s willing to go–which is very far, but not beyond hasbara on the Israel issue, it seems so far.

  4. piotr on April 28, 2013, 5:18 pm

    The prison scandal is such that I would embark on a month-long tour of all possible markets of Maryland product. How to regulate prison conditions so sexual relationships between inmates and guards had at least approximately monogamous character? And why are the guards (and the prisoners) lacking contraceptives? Can an American prudish legislature tackle such issues in a rational manner?

  5. MarkF on April 29, 2013, 9:04 am

    The Peace Wall/The Peace Process/ Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/freedom is beautiful/Operation Cast Iron/Operation Peace for Galilee……

    What’s in a name?

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