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Martin O'Malley's Brotherly Love

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his brother don't see eye to eye on everything. Like same-sex mariage. And the state's Senate race.

The Baltimore Sun:

Gov. Martin O'Malley's brother has apparently split with the governor on two election issues, backing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and signing a petition to put the state's same-sex marriage law on the November ballot.


Patrick O'Malley is displaying two "Bongino for Senate" signs on his front lawn, indicating support for the GOP candidate who is challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat. The governor is backing Cardin.

Dan Bongino occasionally mentions the governor and other state Democrats in the criticism he directs at Cardin and President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, Bongino blasted O'Malley directly, calling him a "fraud," "a national embarrassment" and "Captain Sound Bite."

Contacted Tuesday, Bongino said he was honored that the governor's brother is displaying his signs and recalls meeting him recently at an Orioles game. "That put a smile on my face," Bongino said.

Patrick O'Malley's name appears among the roughly 160,000 signatures on a petition that put Maryland's new same-sex marriage law on the ballot for voters to decide.

Passing a same-sex marriage law was one of the governor's top legislative priorities this year.

Still, there's plenty of evidence of brotherly love: Patrick donated to Martin O'Malley's 2006 gubernatorial campaign, the Sun reports. And when Patrick unsuccessfully ran for New York City Council and New York State Assembly, O'Malley helped his campaigns.

So, will Patrick get involved if (when?) his brother runs for president in 2016?

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