Tom’s guest today is Martin O’Malley, who served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, and as the 61st Governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015. In 2016, he sought the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.
For decades, an argument about the fundamental role of government has raged between those on the political right who often think of government as invasive and overbearing, and those on the left who see social programs and other functions of government as a fundament of American society. As political leaders confront the COVID-19 pandemic at the local, state and federal levels, the need for governmental intervention in times of crisis is acknowledged by those of every political stripe.
Drawing on his own experience as a Maryland chief executive, Martin O’Malley has written a book about leadership, and how executives at all levels of government can employ best practices to improve outcomes in violence reduction, education, the environment, and a host of other issues. The book is called Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age. You can explore its central themes at smartergovernment.com. Martin O’Malley joins Tom on the phone from his home in Baltimore.
In today's conversation, Gov. O'Malley mentions his interest in the urgent appeal, sent out by the directors of Emergency Management and Healthcare Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, for donations of Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs), a critically important type of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers treating coronavirus patients. If you can help provide this or other PPE resources, please contact George Lavdas, Hopkins' Senior Director for Supply Chain Transformation, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell at: (443) 766-0758.