O'Malley accepts some blame for legislative gridlock

Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning accepted some of the blame for the budget impasse that has left the state with a budget that cuts key Democratic priorities like education and slices money from liberal strongholds.

"We all hold blame," O'Malley, a Democrat, said. "We’re all public servants. ... When the public is ill-served, as the public is right now, we all share the responsibility."

"I wish we had had a different result," he said. "It was not for lack of trying. It was not for a lack of commitment. It was not for a lack of time."

The governor spoke for about an hour on WTOP, part of a Washington-area media blitz he has set up for today to put his spin on the legislature's failure to enact an income tax increase. He also appeared on a D.C. FOX affiliate and on WAMU.

O'Malley said that he could call back the legislature "this afternoon" if an agreement for a special session is reached.

"We had a budget agreement that was being considered that was in both houses," O'Malley said. "We pretty much had the compromise and the consensus down here. For some reason it broke down. Whether it broke down because of a lack of time? Or a lack of trust?"

"Those are the things that the speaker and the president have to ask each other," O'Malley said.

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