The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gov. Tim Kaine and Gov. Martin O’Malley (Photo by Laurie White)
DENVER – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley rarely performs with his band O’Malley’s March these days, but the chance to take the stage Wednesday with two gubernatorial colleagues during the Democratic party’s biggest party brought his Irish out.
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, both of whom took turns at the Pepsi Center podium this week in support of Barack Obama, joined O’Malley on stage at his reception for the Maryland delegation at Fado Irish Pub in downtown Denver. Kaine played harmonica, Schweitzer banged on a tambourine and both provided supporting vocals as O’Malley took his usual spot as lead vocalist and guitarist.
“This is over the top,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey, as the governors and various companions snaked through the packed pub into the stage area.
While Maryland politicos jammed to tunes like “Redemption Song,” “Take Me Home Country Roads” and, of course, “The Irish Rover,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by for a literal minute of what O’Malley called “Afro-Celtic synergy.”
Escorted by Maryland Democratic Party Chairman Michael Cryor, Jackson took the stage with the governors long enough to shout “Obamarama!” into the microphone several times.
The crowd shouted back, “Obamarama!” an equal number of times, Jackson departed, and the governors kept the music playing.
–by Maryland Newsline’s Laurie White