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O'Malley spins a disgraceful episode

I am personally bowled over by the not-so-proactive Gov. Martin O'Malley and his shrewdly-schemed spin on the catastrophic events at the Baltimore Detention Center ("Spinning corruption," May 1).

The news of the goings-on at the BDC was such a pertinent item it was picked up by news agencies the world over. The prisoners were running the show under the big tent. How was Mr. O'Malley going to spin this one?

First, he absolved himself of any involvement by placing himself outside the realm of accountability. He then vowed (a few years too late) to eradicate the gangs inside the prisons. While he was traipsing the globe for exposure (mandatory in seeking a higher office), the prisoners turned the BDC into an urban beach party.

If our governor had any mettle he would come forward and take full accountability for the debauchery that occurred at the prison. To no one's surprise, he did lots of hypocritical deflections of accountability and responsibility.

Our Teflon governor chose to take the low road, deftly distancing himself with one eye keenly focused at all times on the future job opening in the city 40 miles southwest of Baltimore. It's spin art at its finest.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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