Democratic Maryland Governor Prepares 2016 Presidential Bid


Gov.MartinOMalleyHillary Clinton’s domination of the Democratic presidential preference polls is undeniable, but that isn’t stopping Vice President Joe Biden, Howard Dean, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Amy Klobuchar from testing the waters. While these prospective candidates gauge the viability of competing against Clinton, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley seems to have made up his mind to run—and that’s bad news for the adversaries of Islamism.

“By the end of this year, we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of the candidacy for 2016,” O’Malley told a group of reporters.

Obviously, it’s an uphill climb for O’Malley. The latest Rasmussen poll has Clinton with 63% of the Democratic vote, followed by Biden with 12%. Only 2% choose O’Malley (tied with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa), but he still has low name recognition.

Other parts of the poll show there is an opportunity to challenge Clinton and, if she doesn’t run, Biden. Clinton is the least favorite candidate of 27% of Democrats and Biden is only three points behind her. About 20% favor a candidate that wasn’t listed and 20% are undecided. There is an opening for O’Malley and other candidates to make a good impression.

The O’Malley Administration is unfamiliar to most Americans, but it isn’t to leading Islamists.

In late April, the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a fundraiser with over 500 attendees. CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. A 2007 federal court filing states, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

According to CAIR-MD’s press release, it had over 30 sponsors and attendees included “officers from several Governor’s commissions” and speakers included Attorney General Douglas Gansler and State Senator Brian Frosh. Co-founder and Executive Director of CAIR, Nihad Awad, also spoke at the event. Awad was at the secret 1993 meeting in Philadelphia where the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood discussed setting up a new organization to advance the pro-Hamas Islamist agenda. CAIR was born the following year.

In May, the Clarion Project broke the story that the Turkish government is building a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland. The Muslim Link reports that the mosque, called the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center, “will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere.”

The Islamist Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, visited the construction site for an event on May 15. One of the speakers was Maryland Secretary of State John McDonough. Attendees included the leaders of the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America, both linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

A spokesperson for O’Malley confirmed to me that the Governor supports the project, stating on May 27:

“The Administration works closely with the Maryland Associations of Turkish Inhabitants(MARTI) and the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations(MAFTAA). MARTI has hosted an annual legislative reception in Annapolis for the past four years. Governor O’Malley has attended the reception. MARTI and MAFTA have organized Turkish American Cultural Night during the legislative session in Annapolis for the past several years. MARTI has also organized several visits to Turkey in recent years for Maryland legislators and state leaders.

The Governor’s Commission on Middle Easter Affairs has a large representation of the Turkish community and helps organize Turkish American Cultural Night every year in Annapolis. On March 27, 2012 Governor O’Malley and Mayor Karaosmanoglu signed the Sister State Agreement between State of Maryland and Metropolitan Municipality of Kocaeli that started a new and exciting chapter for the Turkish-American relationship in Maryland that we hope will continue to grow successfully.”

O’Malley was also the Chair of the Department of Homeland Security’s Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism. The Working Group included advisors directly linked to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood groups and non-Muslim allies of them. A spokesperson for O’Malley told me that he did not choose the members of the Working Group. However, as its Chair, he undoubtedly has responsibility for the Working Group’s product.

The Working Group is almost certainly responsible for Islamist-friendly Dept. of Homeland Security training guidelines on Countering Violent Extremism. The guidelines try to block out all incriminating training about American Islamists and their non-violent tactics. Highlights include:

  • “Don’t use training premised on theories with little or no evidence to support them. Examples (from the report ‘Manufacturing the Muslim Menace’) of unsubstantiated theories include:

a. Many mainstream Muslim organizations have terrorist ties.

b. Mainstream Muslim organizations are fronts for Islamic political organizations whose true desire is to establish Sharia law in America. Muslim Americans are using democratic processes, like litigation and free speech, to subvert democracy and install Sharia law.”

  • ·         “Don’t use trainers who answer primarily to interest groups. For example, trainers who are self-professed ‘Muslim reformers’ may further an interest group agenda instead of delivering generally accepted unbiased information.”
  • ·         “Don’t use training that equates radical thought, religious expression, freedom to protest, or other constitutionally-protected activity, with criminal activity. One can have radical thoughts/ideas, including disliking the U.S. government, without being violent; for example, trainers who equate the desire for Sharia law with criminal activity violate basic tenets of the First Amendment.”

When asked whether O’Malley knew the backgrounds of the Working Group members and whether he’d like to express his opposition to the presence of U.S. Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups in the Dept. of Homeland Security, his spokesperson ended the conversation.

“You’re insinuating something here that we believe is just not credible. Therefore, we won’t be commenting any further,” she replied to me on June 19 after I provided her with the necessary documentation.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a reporter or a debate moderator to ask O’Malley about his policies towards Islamists.

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  • TheOrdinaryMan

    This is troubling, but not surprising, since it’s only one of several trends that make Maryland one of the least desirable states to live in. O’Malley is a completely irresponsible, power hungry demagogue, who has done his absolute best to flood the state with illegals, and increase the cost of doing business, which has driven employers out. Also not surprising, crime in Baltimore and the D.C. suburbs has skyrocketed. Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s solution? A Grand Prix auto race in the city. In addition to this mega-mosque, there are a number of smaller mosques in Maryland. But the response of 95% of Maryland’s Jewish community? ….yawn. Maryland’s Jews have supported O’Malley, Elijah Cummings, Ben Cardin, and Barbara Mikulski right down the line. Worse, they welcome the Islamists. What will it take for them to wake up?…blood in the streets, I believe.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      The Washington Jewish Week also reported that one “progressive” synagogue hosted – at the synagogue – an Iftar dinner with members of a nearby mosque during the most recent Ramadan.

  • putthehammerdown

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  • A_Perspective

    In Maryland it only takes two doctors to certify for Involuntary Mental Adjudication (i.e. Commitment) so they’re probably just too busy with the fools and chronic dependents that voted for him and just haven’t gotten to him yet.
    Whatever the case may be, either in or out of the ward he hasn’t got a prayer .

  • higgy01

    During his reign O’Malley has demonstrated he is an avid democrat. He is responsible for the largest tax increase in the history of the state. He squandered a surplus left by his predecessor in a few months after taking office and then wasted the results of his tax increase to the point he had to continue to increasing taxes to keep up with his expenditures. To meet state legal requirements for a balanced budget he stole from the Transportation and Chesapeake Bay funds and then raised the gas tax to cover his fiscal irresponsibility. He forced his off shore wind farm through the legislature even though it is a potential money wasting white elephant, like his Baltimore City hotel folly. He is a perfect democrat candidate.

  • Lea Rhodes

    MARYLANDERS with aren’t going to vote for him and that’s his ‘Claim to fame’. That he destroyed our State!

    • WTD

      Unfortunately, they will. At least in Baltimore, Annapolis, and the D.C. area, which account for most of the state’s residents.

  • muslimmustgo

    Who in their right mind would want this comrade as president after what he did to destroy the taxpaying productive citizens in the state with his never ending tax and fee increases to support his lust for the law breaking illegals!!!?? He never ceases to continue to tax the productive citizens using the roads and bridges as his excuse,which by the way after several toll and tax increases under the guise of infrastructure repair,the roads and bridges remain in a horrible condition,some roads are barely passable(dundalk ave,city side)! The best thing to do if you’re a productive citizen is to move out of this state and let the entitlement state of md fall like detroit!!

  • VHG1

    Since catastrophic failure is resume enhancer in the dem party anyway, maybe a Biden/O’Malley pairing could help dummocratz narrow the choice of which incompetent to vote for?

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Failure isn’t always a resume enhancer; sometimes it’s just ignored altogether. Hillary is a perfect example. Few accomplishments, either as Senator or as Secretary of State, while the myriad failures and scandals on her watch as SoS aren’t discussed at all.

  • NJK

    He’s implemented a tax on people for rain in Maryland. He has installed unconstitutional gun control He is an admitted “Progressive,” aka communist. If you like communism, you’ll like him. I used to live in Maryland, and it is a beautiful state, that this Marxist is destroying.

  • NJK

    He calls illegal aliens, “The New Americans.” We left Maryland, because we refused to pay for these illegal aliens. Of course he implemented a millionaire tax on anyone making over $100,000.00. This is to pay for his “New Americans.” He loves criminals and hates those who challenge him on it. He’s a wolf in sheeps clothing. Ugly man.

    One of the best in Maryland is Dr. Andy Harris. He would make a wonderful leader in Maryland, but since the Federal Govt. is there all of the parasites wouldn’t vote him in.

  • InGodWeTrust

    Yeah – just what we need – ANOTHER muslim jihadist sympathizer in the White House. Obviously with O’Malley’s support of a huge mosque in Maryland, he sanctions female genitalia mutilation – as practiced by these disgusting excuses for human beings. God help any female relatives in O’Malley’s family – as more and more of these maggot muslims crawl into Maryland. Of course any muslim will LIE about this, because a main tenet of their ‘religion’, is to practice ‘taqiya’ – which commands that they purposely LIE about their agenda. Yeah – let’s spread O’Malley’s evil throughout the whole country – that’s the ticket !
    Don’t know how the man looks himself in the mirror each morning.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    and that’s bad news for the adversaries of Islamism.

    Islamism, i.e., radical Islam as opposed to the so-called “religion of peace” I assume. This moonbat never fails to come up with more unhinged PC terms to distort the reality of the only one true Islam, that is mainstream orthodox Islam, not discounting the different sects and divisions within Islam, but they all nonetheless differ only in minor issues unrelated to their holy obligation to subjugate into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels through jihad and the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

    In any event, I couldn’t force myself to read this article, as this particular writer is one of the biggest loons on the planet when it comes to understanding and writing about the threat that Islam presents.