(Breaking news) Owings launches gubernatorial bid
Former delegate will name running mate next week
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
Posted at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday
Former state delegate George W. Owings III on Wednesday formally launched his much-anticipated bid to unseat Gov. Martin O'Malley by assailing O'Malley's fiscal management and slamming his treatment of businesses.
Surrounded by a crowd of about 100 supporters outside the Calvert County Courthouse that included a large number of Republicans, Owings, 64, of Dunkirk, pledged to eliminate wasteful spending and "focus on necessities, not the luxuries."
Owings, who served as veterans affairs secretary under former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. before O'Malley (D) replaced him several months into his term, acknowledged the difficulty in defeating a well-funded incumbent in a primary election but said voters have expressed displeasure with the current administration.
"The time to return to a day of good government is upon us," he said.
Under O'Malley, Owings said Marylanders have seen their taxes go up, programs decimated and a failure to keep the state's economy afloat.
"The oft-used phrase Leadership That Works" has been veiled with empty promises," he said.
Owings told reporters that he would name a running mate next week who hails from one of the "Big Three" Democratic jurisdictions -- Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore city – to help balance the ticket.