February 28, 2011- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley — the man in charge of seeing to the election of Democratic governors in the current cycle — says that the fights between Republican governors and union workers across the Midwest is just the kind of thing that could stop the Republican tide and put Democrats back in charge.
"It certainly draws the contrast doesn't it?" O'Malley, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, told TPM in an interview this weekend.
"I think because of the difficulty and the challenges and what we've all lost in this recession, the distinction between Democratic and Republican governors became a little bit blurred for some," he said, reflecting on the Democratic losses of 2010. "But I think it's pretty clear now the sort of ideological detour that these governors are taking when all of us should be creating jobs, contrasting with our message of job opportunity now."
What's more, O'Malley said, the war over collective bargaining rights for state workers has fractured the Republican political agenda just as the the new tea party-backed GOP governors were getting started.