Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley spent Thursday stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton.
O'Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, attended fund raisers in Winston-Salem and Raleigh, and visited STEM high school on the campus of N.C. State University.
“I am hugely impressed with the passion and the understanding that he brings to the connection between education and opportunities between this emerging new economy,” O'Malley told reporters.
He said no other state in the country is doing more for early in high school education.
O'Malley's organization this week began funding a TV ad campaign attacking Republican Pat McCrory.
O'Malley, who served as mayor of Baltimore, said he knows McCrory from serving on the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He said in a largely non partisan organization, McCrory was "the lone ideologue. You could always count on Pat to come in flak for whatever bad policies the Bush administration was pushing that would undermine the cities.''
McCrory has had a strong of Republican governors come in and raise money including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next week.
“Is that good for him?” O'Malley asked.
“I think people generally make up their own minds about these races,” O'Malley said. “The Democratic governors are by-and-large not an ideological group, they are a pragmatic group. What we have seen is a pattern with some of the newly elected Republican governors. They run on a phony promise of they are going to restore our economy and then when they get in they govern by rolling back individual freedoms, rolling back women's rights, rolling back worker's right, rolling back even voting rights. It's an affliction in their party that they are going to have to work their way through.''
“We believe in arithmetic,” O'Malley said. “I will put our bond rating up against Chris Christie's bond rating any day of the week,” O'Malley said. “Last year Scott Walker ranked 50th out of 50 states in new job creation. Maryland ranked ninth.''
UPDATE: Ricky Diaz, McCrory spokesman. "We expect these kinds of partisan attacks from the same man, who along with Governor Perdue, is funding millions of dollars in negative attack ads in North Carolina."