Wolf Meets with Maryland Gov O’Malley
O’Malley’s presence alongside Wolf should be a welcomed sign for Pennsylvania Democrats as O’Malley is a popular two-term Governor with a nationally recognized name.
However, not everyone in Pennsylvania politics is pleased to see O’Malley in their state. PA Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason released a statement condemning the policies of Governor O’Malley and expressing his concern that similar policies could be enacted in Pennsylvania if Wolf is elected.
“Tonight, Tom Wolf is hosting a campaign fundraiser with a man who is taxing the rain,” a reference to Governor O’Malley’s “rain tax” that taxes property owners on the basis of “the square footage of impervious surfaces on a property.” (The rationale being that these surfaces prevent rainwater from seeping into the earth thereby causing stormwater run off).
“Martin O’Malley and Tom Wolf share a love of raising taxes. While Tom Wolf wants to raise our income taxes, Martin O’Malley has instituted more than 80 new taxes, including a tax on rainfall. Does Tom Wolf support a ‘rain tax’ as well?”
Chairman Gleason also took aim at O’Malley’s handling of Obamacare in Maryland and his fear of a repeat event in Pennsylvania.
“As if that was bad enough, Maryland’s state-run Obamacare exchange is an expensive disaster, but that example hasn’t stopped Tom Wolf from pledging to bring a similar exchange to Pennsylvania,” said Gleason. “Tom Wolf believes Obamacare is ‘a step in the right direction,’ even after it raised taxes, killed jobs, and caused premiums to skyrocket.”
Some are speculating that O’Malley’s arrival in Pennsylvania is more than just a show of support for Wolf. O’Malley, who will be ineligible to run for Governor of Maryland in 2014, has shown signs that he will launch a campaign for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. In August of 2013, O’Malley stated that he was putting together the “framework of a candidacy for 2016.” O’Malley has had a notable tenure as Governor of Maryland and is already a well established name in the Democratic party, having spoken at both the 2004 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions and served as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013.