O'Malley Who? The Unknown Candidate

O'Malley Who? The Unknown Candidate

An inside look at the Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley.

Two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada, America witnessed their first Democratic debate for this primary election season. Many were eager to see Clinton and Sanders duel it out but were left scratching their heads at the other candidates. The two lowest pollers of the field, Jim Webb of Virginia and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, have since dropped out of the Democratic race.

And then these three candidates were left. College students will recognize Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who represent two very different sides of the Democratic Party. But who’s on the right? The tall mysterious man is Martin O’Malley of Maryland. Most students, and even adults, I have polled, replied with questions like “Who?” when asked if they know who Martin O’Malley is. Out of all the students polled, only half recognized the candidate’s name.

Who is this guy? Martin O’Malley is a Democratic presidential candidate who has formerly served as the governor of Maryland for two terms following an eight-year run as Baltimore mayor. Many know him as the third wheel of the Democratic primaries. In this article we will dig deeper into the life of the Unknown Candidate.

Martin O'Malley is very open with his political career on his website where I found all of the information for this article.

Personal Life

To better understand O’Malley, it is crucial to know him on a more personal level than is currently being displayed in the media. Other candidates who have received more media attention have openly talked about their lives. Hillary Clinton has a major advantage with this, seeing as eight years of her personal life was in the spotlight during her time as first lady of the United States.

O’Malley, like most male politicians in America, is married with a family. He met his wife, Katie Curran, at law school in 1986. They were married in 1990 and have since had four children.

A considerable aspect of O’Malley’s life that is not commonplace in a presidential candidate is religion. O’Malley is a Roman Catholic who attended Catholic high school and university. If elected, O’Malley would become only the second president who follows Catholicism, the first being John F. Kennedy.

An appropriate fact in examining the candidate's personal life is that he fronts an American Celtic rock band in his home of Baltimore. O’Malley’s March was founded by Martin himself in 1988, and still plays today.

College and Early Political Work

After graduating from high school, O’Malley stayed local to D.C., attending the Catholic University of America. The presidential candidate then moved on to Maryland where he attended law school.

It was at the University of Maryland School of Law where O’Malley began working on a presidential campaign for Gary Hart in the early '80s. Not surprisingly, O’Malley would perform his music at small campaign fundraisers.

Political Career

In the same year O’Malley formed his band, he graduated from law school and subsequently passed the Bar Exam. The following years were immense ones for the newly graduated lawyer.

From 1988 to 1990, O’Malley worked for the city of Baltimore as the assistant state attorney. He carried on his government work for Baltimore when he was elected on to City Council for two terms.

Apparently, Baltimore loved him so much that he was quickly elected the city’s mayor in 1999. On O’Malley’s website he claims that “at the time, it was the most violent, abandoned, and addicted city in America.” This campaign marked the beginning of O’Malley’s focus on reducing violence in Baltimore and beyond. The candidate won the mayoral election with 90 percent of the votes — a monstrous victory. During his terms, O’Malley asserts on his website that he “promoted important investments in the local economy — bringing fiscal stability to schools and cracking down on crime, which drew investments and people back to the city”. The Mayor’s victorious term can be summed up in Time Magazine when he was named one of the Top 5 Mayors in the U.S.

In 2007, Martin O’Malley was sworn in as governor of Maryland. During his two terms as governor, O’Malley had a lot of large scale accomplishments. O’Malley’s presidential campaign website lays out his achievements, beginning with his accomplishment of Maryland gaining back 100 percent of the jobs lost during America’s recession. His first campaign was full of progressive agendas such as passing renewable energy legislation.

In 2010, O’Malley announced his intention to run for reelection. Ironically, Hillary Clinton, who he would eventually run against in the presidential primaries, praised him in a private email saying, “he should be reelected by acclamation for steering the ship of state so well.”

In his second term he championed same-sex marriage legislation, college tuition price dropped, he repealed the death penalty, and passed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. His tenure as a governor reflects his identity as a progressive candidate.

What’s Next?

The “Rock ‘n’ Roll Governor” made a surprise appearance at the most recent GOP debate. O’Malley spoke outside the debate discussing his favorite topic: gun control. He called for immediate action to further gun control. He gathered with the families of mass shooting victims.

This Friday, Nov. 6, O’Malley will face off with Clinton and Sanders in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rachel Maddow will moderate the highly anticipated event.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.

What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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News Flash: 'Building The Wall' Is Still A Dumb Idea And Always Will Be

The government is still partially shutdown because of funding for the wall. Really?


A man who is a strong supporter of building the wall told me this metaphor: If you don't want the wrong people walking into your backyard, you put a fence up. We don't want the wrong people coming to America, so we put a wall up. I respect people's political beliefs, and because of this, I want to share mine.

I believe that President Trump demanding money to build a border wall is dumb.

It's hard to believe so many people really think that this "build a wall" has everything to do about border security. It's just inhumane and wrong.

Literally, the most notorious drug lord of Mexico has shed light about how he smuggles the drug into the U.S. They have brought it through fishing boats, trucks going through the legal point of entry, underground tunnel, but not through unwalled parts. The half of million pounds of narcotics that were secured at the border? They were all al legal points of entry.

I'm saying this because I am a proud daughter of immigrants who crossed the border. The media has portrayed immigrants as these horrible people infiltrating our country. They just want somewhere safe to live to raise their kid.

The conditions of Latin American countries are inexplicable. Communist have risen from the ashes dominating these countries letting people rot on the street starving. There are little to no job opportunities. I haven't seen my family in three years because it is dangerous to go.

The media doesn't tell you this. They don't tell you how many people have gone to the border and returned to Mexico because ICE agents tear gas them.

They tell you that they throw babies over fences to distract border patrol agents. They tell you children are dying because of malnutrition of trekking thousands of miles to get the border. They don't tell you that those same children have been eating unmonitored food with thousands of microorganism some mal some good.

Not all immigrants are not bad people. The notions that all immigrants are criminals is "fake news." It has been a hook, line, and sinker for the Republican Party. There are studies such as one from the journal Criminology showing that places with high undocumented immigrant population does not equal high crime.

Should undocumented citizens attempt to become legal residents of the United States? Absolutely, and that is a problem if they are evading taxes and other legal notions with more consequences.

However, we should not lie to ourselves and act as a wall is to help border security against drugs and crime. It's just a physical quota like 1920s immigration laws. There is a better solution then sacrificing 5.7 billion dollars. Let me translate that: 5,700,000,000 dollars. That is our taxes. As a college student, I rather have those 5.7 billion dollars be translated to scholarship, grants, financial aid, and helping us, the future of this country become the best people we can be. Why build a wall when the future of America, who I personally think is more important can be helped.

I don't come from a rich family, and I don't have the means to afford a college education without loans, so when I hear that the Government can afford to give 5.7 billion dollars for a wall, I have the right to be upset. Tell me I'm wrong, and call me dumb, but this is my unpopular opinion.


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