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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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DGA chief O'Malley revs up Dem volunteers in Madison

Maryland Gov. and head of the Democratic Governors Association Martin O'Malley told Democratic volunteers in Madison Thursday that Gov. Scott Walker's divisive attitude is unbecoming of a leader and that they need a strong ground game to oust him on June 5.

O'Malley, who also plans on hosting a debate watch party for Tom Barrett later tonight in Milwaukee, made several allusions to Packers coach Vince Lombardi to explain how to drive people forward. He said that Walker has taken the wrong approach to making progress in the state.

"You do it by building a team," O'Malley said. "You do it by telling everybody that they have within them a human dignity and greatness that is need. Not by vilifying women, not by vilifying workers' rights, not by rolling back voting rights."

He also told volunteers that the election can come down to a mere handful of votes, citing his run for state Senate where he lost by 23 votes. O'Malley said the ground game can swing the vote by five percentage points if there are enough people knocking on doors.

O'Malley told reporters afterward that he thought the election was about more than just collective bargaining, noting the cuts made to education and policies that some have seen as hostile to women. He also said that while the advertising in Wisconsin doesn't seem to be moving the needle for Walker, it was important that Barrett gets more parity on television to aid the turnout for Dems.

"Part of what were trying to do here, especially in the closing hours, is to make sure that our own people don't feel fatigued here or give up or feel like because they're seeing 2-to-1 ads for Scott Walker from his billionaire buddies that their taking the time to go and vote doesn't matter," O' Malley said.

-- By Jason Smathers

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