Maryland Governor and presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley made headlines and ruffled Team Obama’s feathers last week when he said, “It is contrary to everything we stand for to try to summarily send children back to death.”
O’Malley said that to reporters at the National Governors Association. O’Malley’s comments were a departure from Team Obama’s stated plan to return most of the illegal immigrant children back to their home countries.
“Now a site has been proposed in Western Maryland, CNN host John King explained, “but there was some graffiti put on that site as sign of protest. Now a Democratic source told CNN yesterday that Governor O’Malley privately said, ‘Please don’t send these kids to Western Maryland.'”
“It’s been very easy for Martin O’Malley to get a lot of good press for being out there doing the things that Hillary Clinton want do,” said The Atlantic writer Molly Ball. And it’s easy to take “these popular liberal positions with the Democratic base. But he is still the governor and clearly someone in the White House didn’t appreciate that little foray into this issue and now he’s going to have to answer.”
“There are a lot of pro-Democratic forces that are not happy with O’Malley trying to run to the left of Hillary,” said Politico’s Manu Raju. “The reason why this was leaked is because they don’t like the fact that he’s doing that. And if he is going to run, those pro-Hillary forces are going to be even more aggressively against him.”
“So Martin O’Malley has to clean up his mess and explain clearly where he wants these folks to go because right now it looks like he’s being hypocritical,” Raju added.
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