Josh Kurtz: Owings Owes an Explanation

OK, Maryland Democrats, you can stop laughing now. You can stop laughing about George Owings and his Quixotic Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). In fact, if you think about him at all, you might want to start worrying. No, Owings isn’t going to win — he probably won’t even come close. But as a symbol, as a vehicle for the anti-O’Malley vote, as a savvy (if somewhat deluded) pol with rakish charm who is intentionally or not, aiding and abetting Republicans, Owings is poised to do some damage. Does the name Robert Fustero ring a bell? He was the grocery store clerk who, improbably, took 20 percent of the vote in the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary against Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Without lifting a finger or spending a dime, he took 20 percent — 20 PERCENT! Against a Kennedy, who many supporters figured would wind up in... Continue reading
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Welcome to Center Maryland

A message from founders Steve Kearney, Martin Knott, Damian O'Doherty, Otis Rolley, Tom Loveland and Howard Libit A new centrist, pro-business voice Beginning this week, we are sending a daily, morning email from Center Maryland, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit media outlet that highlights issues of real importance to job creation and economic growth in Maryland - with straight-down-the-middle reporting by professional journalists. Center Maryland will also add a centrist, pro-business voice to our state's public debate through opinion pieces, creating a platform to advance reasonable and responsible ideas from leaders, including Don Fry, President of the Greater Baltimore Committee, who will provide frequent commentary. And we're pleased to welcome back to Maryland politics Josh Kurtz - Senior Editor for Roll Call - who will write a column appearing every Tuesday. Additionally, our website will provide the most comprehensive aggregation of media sources in Maryland - drawing on content from the... Continue reading
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