Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley fielded questions about the Annapolis budget meltdown, the newly drawn 6th congressional district, the Wisconsin recall election and his own 2016 presidential ambitions at an on the record briefing with national press this morning.
Reporters from Time, USA Today, Newsweek, MSNBC and the NewsHour were among the roughly 30 journalists to attend the "Inside Politics" breakfast hosted by CNN pundit Bill Schneider at Third Way, a think tank in Washington. The first questions were on the recent troubles in Annapolis -- the legislature adjourned last week without approving the budget that leaders had agreed upon.
O'Malley told the group that a "silly bomb of gambling" went off on the final day of the legislative session, creating a budget deadlock that left the state with a budget that deeply cuts Democratic priorities like education.
Schneider, a senior political analyst at CNN, said his impression is that Maryland was "held hostage" by a gambling expansion bill that passed in the Senate, but encountered resistance from the House. "I would have hoped that we would have been done with the gaming issue," O'Malley responded. "I think we will be able to sort this out."