Former Mayor of Baltimore from 1999–2007, Maryland Gov. from 2007–2015, and now prospective Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley joined a prayer circle outside Simmons Memorial Baptist Church in Baltimore on Tuesday. It’s hard to imagine anyone more steeped in the politics of the area than O’Malley, who was heckled by some when he appeared.
O’Malley in prayer circle outside Simmons Memorial Baptist pic.twitter.com/fTJhJlg8tg
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Evidently some people told him to “get out,” according to a Washington Post report. As mayor, he’s said to have enforced strict police policies.
Asked by TV reporters about people who had told him to get out, O’Malley said, “Most people have been very nice to me. You’ve gotta to be present in the middle of the pain, man.”
“Look, every mayor does their very best to strike the right balance, to save as many lives as we possibly can,” he said. “We’re a safer city than we were, but we still have a lot of work to do.”