Gov. Martin O'Malley: John Delaney "was a dilettante Congressman" and "pro–Wall Street"

Maryland's former governor has harsh words for Maryland congressman (and presidential candidate) John Delaney

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 30, 2019 3:42PM (EDT)

Rep. John Delaney (D-MD); Gov. Martin O'Malley; Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) (AP/Getty)
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD); Gov. Martin O'Malley; Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) (AP/Getty)

As Maryland is thrust in the national spotlight following President Donald Trump's racist comments about Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the state's most recent Democratic governor argued that the only Marylander running for president in 2020 — Rep. John Delaney, also a Democrat — did "zippity do da" for his congressional district.

"Zippity do da," former Gov. Martin O'Malley told Salon by email when asked about whether Delaney had done as much as Cummings on issues like obtaining funding for a transit line or more police officers. "He was a dilettante Congressman who bought his way into a more Democratic district, then refused to even move into it when he won. People caught onto him and he could not have gotten re-elected, so with his own millions he decided to run for President."

"He did, however, kick the crap out of Anthony Brown [Maryland's former lieutenant governor and currently a congressman] when our healthcare website had a really bad launch. He was good at that. And seemed to enjoy it," O'Malley said.

He later added, "Delaney was the most pro–Wall Street Congressman that our Democratic State probably ever sent to Congress."

O'Malley contrasted Delaney with Cummings, who the former governor described as "hardworking, collaborati[ve], professional, respons[ive].... caring."

"Elijah has been an effective Congressman," O'Malley explained. "He he worked very hard to get us 200 additional police officers in Baltimore’s early years of turning around [drug] addiction and violent crime. It was one of the very last COPs grants. Eric Holder came to Baltimore to announce the grant flanked by Senator Mikulski and Congressman Cummings. He also fought hard to secure federal funding for the transit line which would have connected people on east side and west side to mass transit."

O'Malley also said that Trump's characterization of Cummings' Baltimore district was inaccurate.

"Elijah’s district, by the way, is not all black and poor. Not by a long shot," O'Malley observed. "He represents huge swaths of Columbia, Maryland, and the west and northwest parts of Baltimore County. So, while it is true that he has always lived in the City and stayed close to the people in the hardest hit parts of our major City, it is also true that he represents some of the most integrated, successful, and upwardly mobile neighborhoods in America. Many of those neighborhoods are predominantly white and many are predominantly black."

On Saturday President Donald Trump tweeted that Cummings "has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place."

He later added, "Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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