Posted By: November 12, 2010

By Irish Echo Staff

The Irish National Caucus seems to like governors whose names begin with the letter “O.” The president of the Capitol Hill-based D.C. lobby group,
Fr. Sean Mc Manus, showed up at a fundraiser in Washington last Sunday to show support for Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who is running for re-election on Tuesday, November 2.
“Martin has always showed solidarity with the Irish cause, and I wanted to show my appreciation, ” said Mc Manus.
“I have know Martin since he was 17. Even then he was an ardent believer in justice and peace for Ireland, wanting America to take a principled stand. And I don’t just mean governor of Maryland, but president of the United States. He is the best and brightest of his generation,” said Mc Manus.
Mc Manus said that O’Malley had played “a key role” as a member of Baltimore City Council in passing the Mac Bride Principles legislation in 1993.
“And way back in 1983, Martin was instrumental in getting presidential candidate U.S. Senator Gary Hart to issue a pivotal statement on Ireland. Martin O’Malley is a great American and a very fine Irishman. Irish Americans can be rightly proud of him,” said Mc MManus.