Elected Governor of Maryland in 2006, Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) is an extreme long shot for the Democrat nomination for President. Just recently news broke that O’Malley did not qualify for the Ohio ballot, which required only 1,000 signatures. Adding insult to injury, a recent campaign stop in Iowa saw only a single person turn out to hear O’Malley. That single voter reportedly left undecided. O’Malley continues to remain a persistent presence on the campaign trail and in debates, presumably in the campaign at least until the voting begins.
In 1999, O’Malley ran for Mayor of Baltimore. At the time, it was the most violent, abandoned, and addicted city in America. Widely considered an underdog candidate, O’Malley campaigned on the promise of reducing crime, improving schools, and rebuilding broken communities.
In 2006, after a tough race against a popular Republican incumbent Governor, O’Malley won the election with 53% of the vote. In 2007, O’Malley was sworn in as Governor of Maryland. Under his leadership, Maryland made investments in public safety, college education, affordable healthcare, and economic growth. The state also recovered 100% of the jobs lost during the recession, and was one of only seven states to maintain a AAA bond rating.
O’Malley served as co-chair of the National Governors Association’s homeland security and public safety committee in 2011, and as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013.
Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) supports what he calls sensible gun control laws, such as background checks for every gun sale. He supports an expansion of social security, debt-free college education, criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform, and welcoming Syrian refugees and other immigrants.
On patents, technology and innovation, O’Malley has not taken many positions. He does have want America to become energy independent and says, “New technologies have put a clean energy, energy independent future within reach…” As a part of his initiatives to combat climate change, O’Malley would retrofit federal buildings to the highest efficiency standards, direct the Environmental Protection Agency to aggressively limit greenhouse gases, deny new drilling permits and support a Clean Energy Financing Authority to support clean energy infrastructure. No mention of the scientific advancements necessary to achieve this alternative energy future a reality seems to be discussed.