There's a big difference between public wonderings about a young couple thrust into the spotlight of being the city's first family, and a premeditated, orchestrated and relentless campaign run by dirty trick operatives close to the governor funded on state taxpayer dollars. What do I mean by that?
I mean that there is a difference between people wondering about, you know, a
high-profile couple and what has started happening about 18 months ago.
We [the mayor and his
wife, Katie Curran O'Malley] were both tired at the end of the week. We both
have careers and both have demanding jobs and neither of us felt like cooking.
So we took the kids to Koko's for the burgers and the fries and to chase the 2 -year-old under the table.
And we got a call from my press secretary, Raquel
[Guillory], who said, 'Mr. Mayor channel so-and-so, I forget which one it was, I
believe it was Channel 2, has been receiving, has received a number of calls
from people all reading from a script saying that their children go to school
with the O'Malley's children and they heard the O'Malley's children say in the
cafeteria today that daddy doesn't live with mommy anymore.'
So ... there is a
difference between public wonderings about say political couples or sports or
entertainment couples and between a man like Joe Steffen, who resigned a few
months ago saying, lest that we forget, 'a few folks put in a lot of effort to
ensure that these lies,' I paraphrase, 'got some real float.'
After Steffen was exposed for saying that a few people worked very hard to ensure that these lies about me and my family got a lot of float, there were all sorts of denials by
the governor that he [Steffen] was one of 40,000 employees, the matter had been
taken care of. But nevertheless I think the questions that need to be answered
today is what about those other few people.
There is a story in the media
today, and it is a story that was prompted by apparently someone in state
government going through five years of e-mails of Katie's brother [Public Service
Commissioner J. Joseph "Max" Curran III] and then focusing WBAL radio on one of
those e-mails so that they could kick up into the dust in a context that has
changed over the course of five years my wife's very candid remarks from five
So now we're all left to have talked today in the news about this
story about rumors about rumors or lies about lies. You can all look into it and
go how you want.
Who was that state operative? Who was it that went through five years of e-mails?
I'm calling today on the governor who is himself a
husband and father of young children, I'm calling on the governor, not just to
release the thousands of e-mails pertaining to Joe Steffen that he so far has
refused to release to you, but I'm really calling on the governor to end this
cowardly abuse of power where apparently the few other folks, the ones who
weren't fired, are continuing today to push these stories on all of you and to
try to pump up these lies in the media.
I'm calling upon the governor to end
this cowardly abuse of power. I'm calling upon the governor to fire the
remaining members of his taxpayer-financed dirty tricks team. And I'm calling on
the governor to stop right now the politics of character smear and character
assassination that apparently he learned at the elbow of Newt Gingrich.
Our state has a lot of important issues facing us, one of them being Central Booking
and the death of an inmate ... another one is the freefall of the juvenile
They have so many important, pressing issues that
the people of this state need for their elected officials to address that it is
really unbecoming and embarrassing for all of us who call ourselves Marylanders
to allow our governor to continue to operate on our tax dollars this sort of
dirty tricks smear campaign which apparently continues to this day.
a big difference between public wonderings about a young couple newly thrust
into a very bright spotlight and the orchestrated, relentless abuse of power
that we saw going on by Joe Steffen and that apparently continues to this day by
the few other people that Joe Steffen talked about who are apparently still in
the employ of our state government.
I'm going to go on with the rest of my
day and I'm not going to answer more questions. But I'm looking forward to
Flower Mart today and I'll be there with my wife and son, William.
Full text of O'Malley's comments
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