Monday, August 17, 2009

Pols Party While Budget Burns (Updated)

Governor Martin O'Malley made a big deal about wanting to have a "sober" Maryland Association of Counties conference last week. But one of his staffers proved otherwise by releasing a whopping 115 party-time photos to the public on Facebook. Who knew that hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts could be so much fun?

Update, 11 AM: The MACO partiers are covering their tracks. Eleven of the photos, including the three featuring the Governor and the Baltimore Mayor, have been deleted. But we still have them here.

Update, 3 PM: We can no longer see the content on Facebook. It has either been access-limited or deleted.

Governor O'Malley and indicted Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Indicted Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (left) and her Chief of Staff, Kim Washington (right).

The Governor's wife, Katie O'Malley, with Jeremy Rosendale. Rosendale is a former staffer for Baltimore City Council Member Mary Pat Clarke and is currently the Governor's Deputy Director of Correspondence and Constituent Services. He posted all of these photos on Facebook, where they can be seen by anyone, and helpfully identified most of the people in them. Thanks, Jeremy!

From left: Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, Jeremy Rosendale and Montgomery County Council Member Valerie Ervin. We hear plenty of other Council Members were there as well.

Colleen Martin-Lauer (left) and Colm O'Comartun (right). Martin-Lauer is a fundraiser for the Governor and former Prince George's political boss Al Wynn. O'Comartun is the Director of the Governor's Office.

Sophia Silbergeld, former staffer for Senator Ben Cardin and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, now a Democratic fundraiser. Observe her amazing dexterity as she hoists four drinks.

From left: Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Travis Tazelaar, Baltimore City Council staffer Kim Washington, Laborers Union lobbyist Jayson Williams and Sophia Silbergeld.

Nick Stewart, a former spokesman and campaign staffer for the Governor (left) with Travis Tazelaar.

Jim Gillis, Executive Assistant to Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith (left) with Jeremy Rosendale.

A staffer in the Governor's press office (left), Stacy Landolt Mayer (second from left), the Governor's Deputy Legislative Officer, and Tom Hickey (right), the Governor's Board of Public Works liaison.

O'Malley staffer Colm O'Comartun (left), Democratic fundraiser Sophia Silbergeld (top) and Ashley Valis, a Special Assistant in the Governor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Board of Public Works liaison Tom Hickey must love those budget cuts!

Here's some assorted booze-fueled mayhem proudly posted by O'Malley staffer Jeremy Rosendale. Pay special attention to his captions. We hope Facebook's 250 million users enjoyed them as much as you will.