Martin O'Malley was elected in 1999. He was a different guy back then. He had an anger for what was happening on the streets and a passion to fix it, which was most evident in his fights with former Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy over prosecuting cases. However, after he was talked out of a gubernatorial run in 2002, all of that changed. Mr. O'Malley became focused solely on his next gig, and the one after that. Gone was the reformer passionate about the city, and in his place was a Martin O'Malley focused on the State House and beyond. No longer was he a take charge mayor, but the guy who has spent the better part of a decade dodging responsibility for the city and blaming his problems on others — something he still does to this day as he runs for president.