O'Malley win predicted in Montgomery

May 18, 2006|By DOUG DONOVAN | DOUG DONOVAN,SUN REPORTER

ROCKVILLE -- Mayor Martin O'Malley's running mate for governor traveled to the campaign's Montgomery County office yesterday to predict that they would win the Washington suburb in September's Democratic primary.

"We will win Montgomery County, and I guarantee it," Del. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George's Democrat, told about 40 supporters outside the office.

Brown's declaration in the backyard of O'Malley's primary opponent comes a week after Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan stepped up his push in Baltimore with TV commercials and the naming of Stuart O. Simms, a city attorney, as his running mate.

Brown noted a recent poll that showed O'Malley trailing Duncan by 6 percentage points in Montgomery, where the mayor was born and raised. But Duncan foes paid for the survey.

"Looks like the mayor and his lieutenant governor pick have at least one thing in common - they both have a problem with numbers," said Duncan campaign spokeswoman Jody Couser. "If you believe old data from a biased poll paid for by O'Malley supporters, then you must believe the mayor's crime statistics, too. You get fuzzy math at both ends of that ticket."

Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo, an O'Malley supporter, said the poll's results are legitimate and that Duncan is vulnerable in Montgomery.

"Doug Duncan will not only carry Montgomery County, but his margin of victory here will help propel him to become the next governor," Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal said.doug.donovan@baltsun.com

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