Annapolis - Maryland Republican Party Chair Diana Waterman issued the following statement about the apparent posting of partisan messages on Governor O'Malley's Twitter and Facebook pages: "During his administration, Governor O'Malley has repeatedly used his Facebook and Twitter accounts for partisan attacks and endorsements of partisan candidates. While other elected officials shy away from abusing social media, O'Malley brazenly uses these resources to further his hyper partisan agenda. Taxpayers deserve to know: are state employees managing these accounts? And since these are linked to state Web Sites, shouldn't they be maintained in a more nonpartisan manner?"
Examples of the abuse include the following:
- O'Malley's Facebook page posted numerous entries about his appearance at the Democratic National Convention, a partisan event.
- On September 17, 2012, O'Malley's Facebook page attacked Republican Mitt Romney.
- On October 7, 2012, O'Malley's Facebook page shared a post from a partisan organization attacking Republican Mitt Romney.
- On October 31, 2012, O'Malley endorsed Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama on his Facebook page.
- On August 8, 2013, O'Malley announced he was campaigning for a Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate on his Twitter account.
- On August 13, 2013, O'Malley's Twitter account openly endorsed the Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey
- On September 28, 2013, O'Malley's Twitter account attacked "the GOP," presumably the entire Republican Party, for the government shutdown.
- On October 13, 2013, O'Malley's Twitter account posted a picture of him at a partisan event in Texas vowing to "turn Texas blue." The Twitter account retweeted an endorsement of a Democrat gubernatorial candidate.
"We already know Martin O'Malley is the most partisan governor in Maryland history," Waterman concluded. "Taxpayers shouldn't be subsidizing his partisan rhetoric."
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