Sign up for our newsletters   

Baltimore City Paper home.
Print Email

The Nose

Right Hand, Meet Left Hand

Posted 4/10/2002

The curious nature of political animals also brings Mayor Martin O'Malley to the Nose's mind. At a March 27 Board of Estimates meeting, the mayor--hackles raised at the American Civil Liberties Union over a federal-court ruling that the city must pay $1.1 million of the legal fees the ACLU accrued during its years-long battle with the city over public-housing discrimination--blasted the civil-liberties group as a bunch of "elitist, liberal arrogant lawyers" whom Hizzoner suggested should lose sleep over taking the city's money. Only a week or so earlier, O'Malley apparently had a more benign opinion of the organization, whose praises he sang in a March 19 letter to Dwight Sullivan, managing attorney of the ACLU's Baltimore office. "It is with your help, and that of other business and community leaders, that we have achieved such astounding success over past years," the letter cooed.Why so nice? Well, the letter was from Friends of Martin O'Malley, the mayor's campaign organization, asking Sullivan to chip in $250 or $1,000 for tickets to a fund-raiser. O'Malley might think of the ACLU's legal fees as blood money, but when it comes to priming the pump for his possible gubernatorial run, evidently he's not above asking a bunch of "elitist, liberal arrogant lawyers" to send some action his way.

Related stories

The Nose archives

More Stories

Power Drain (6/30/2010)
Baltimore's influence in the legislature has been waning for years. Which of our remaining legislators get things done?

Structural Problems (5/26/2010)
Old dealings come back to haunt former state delegate Billy Madonna

Private Jet? No. Lesbian Bondage Show? "Yes We Can," says RNC Chairman (3/29/2010)
Private Jet? No. Lesbian Bondage Show? "Yes We Can," says RNC Chairman

Comments powered by Disqus
Calendar
CP on Facebook
CP on Twitter