Robert Glaser, Secretary of the Maryland Libertarian Party, had this encounter with Governor O’Malley today at the polls.
Turnout was light, so I only managed to collect 82 petition signatures.
Around the 8:00 pm closing time, Governor O’Malley came by. He was chatting and having pictures taken, mostly with poll workers. I went up to him:
Robert Glaser: (shaking hands) Hello, Governor!
Governor O’Malley: Hi!
Robert Glaser: Do you believe in competition?
Governor O’Malley: Yes, do you?
Robert Glaser: Absolutely. Would you be willing to sign a petition for the continuation of the Libertarian Party in Maryland?
Governor O’Malley: No Way! (Laughing) But I appreciate you’re trying!
The very first thing I did when I got home was wash my hands.
He hasn’t changed. In 1995, when O’Malley and my husband, Lorenzo were both running for Baltimore City Council in the third district, other canidates signed Lorenzo’s ballot access petition, but O’Malley refused in pretty much the same way.