Martin O’Malley, Maryland’s bargain shopper
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Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. (Craig Lassig/Reuters)

September 1

FORMER MARYLAND governor Martin O’Malley made his name as a champion of liberal causes, but who knew he was also adept at scoring bargain-basement deals on personal household furniture — at taxpayers’ expense?

Thanks to what looks like a generous interpretation of state rules, by some pliable state officials, Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat who left office in January, was allowed to purchase much of the governor’s mansion’s residential furniture —

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Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley made his name as a champion of liberal causes, but who knew he was also adept at scoring bargain-basement deals on personal household furniture–at taxpayers’ expense?

Thanks to what looks like a generous interpretation of state rules by some pliable state officials, Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat who left office in January, was allowed to purchase much of the governor’s mansion’s residential furniture–54 pieces from the family’s bedrooms and living rooms–for the attractive price of $ 9,638; the original price of those items, billed to taxpayers, was $ 62,000.

Mr. O’Malley and his wife, state District Court judge Catherine Curran O’Malley, paid about 15 cents on the dollar for furniture that his successor, Gov. Larry Hogan (R), described as “expensive, beautiful [and] barely used.”

While a spokesman for the O’Malleys said they bought the goods only after they were declared “unserviceable” by the department, a spokesman for the department said that it was, in fact, Mrs. O’Malley who initiated the process by which the furniture was classified as “surplus.”

The O’Malleys made a combined income approaching $ 300,000 for most for the eight years of his governorship. Why couldn’t they buy their own furniture, new or used, when they moved into private accommodations in…………… continues on Arkansas Online

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