MD Senate GOP:
The statewide media reported this week that Governor Martin O'Malley's poll numbers are at an "all-time" high. According to a just-released Gonzales Research "Maryland Poll," O'Malley's job approval rating is over 50% for the first time since shortly after his election in 2006.
That begs the question: If the Governor has such a new-found popularity, then why was his inaugural speech last week was so sparsely attended?
On a warm winter day with bright sunshine, few ventured to Annapolis last Wednesday to hear O'Malley give his second inaugural address. This is in sharp contrast to the last two gubernatorial inaugurals where thousands attended even though the temperatures were frigid.
Only one-quarter of the chairs stretching across Lawyer's Mall were filled. If you subtract the police, military personnel and state staffers being paid to participate in the event, the attendance appeared to be barely 400 people.
• Has O'Malley fatigue already captured the minds and hearts of Marylanders?
• Has the Governor alienated significant constituencies by his pre-session backtracking on campaign promises?
• Or is the public's "ho-hum" attitude due to O'Malley's lameduck status even though it was only the first day of his final term?
Whatever the reasons, on Inaugural Day when the Baltimore Sun emblazoned their front page with the headline, "O'Malley Performing for Wider Audience," we were left to wonder why so few of that wider audience bothered to show up at the signature event launching O'Malley's second term?
A No-Show Inaugural: Over three-quarters of the seats were empty as Senator Barbara Mikulski introduced Governor Martin O'Malley immediately prior to his inaugural speech last Wednesday. MD Senate GOP Photo.