Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot told The Sun Editorial Board that Governor Martin O'Malley's statements about how well the state is doing economically does not mesh with the actual numbers. (Brian Waters/Baltimore Sun)

In an interview with The Sun's editorial board this week, Comptroller Peter Franchot took aim at Gov. Martin O'Malley's performance in office, suggesting he has been focused on other things while Maryland's economy has lagged. The two Democrats have had strained relations at times in the past, and in this case, Mr. Franchot echoes a criticism of the governor that is rarely stated publicly by members of his party -- that his national ambitions are getting in the way of his management of the state.