McDonnell, O'Malley praised for Irene response

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are linked once again.

In addition to making a joint appearance on “Meet the Press” Sunday, the chairmen of the Republican Governors and Democratic Governors Associations, respectively, have both received high marks from the Daily Beast for their responses to Hurricane Irene thus far.

Mr. O’Malley praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning, where he appeared with Governor Bob McDonnell, though TDB gave FEMA an “incomplete.”

Mr. McDonnell held a number of press briefings over the weekend, toured the damage on the ground in Richmond on Sunday, and is taking an aerial tour of Hampton Roads on Monday, along with Rep. Rob Wittman, Randy Forbes, Scott Rigell, and Bobby Scott. TDB gave him an “A.”

Mr. O’Malley also received an A, though TDB noted that “given earlier predictions that Irene might head straight up the Chesapeake Bay, O’Malley lucked out.”

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue received a B-, as did New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — he of the “get the hell off the beach!” fame, was scored an A-. (FEMA was given in “incomplete.”)

And for those claiming Irene is Mr. Obama’s Katrina, TDB gave him an “A,” for what it’s worth. The president declared states of emergency in several states, including Maryland, Virginia, and the District (though obviously not a state), and left his Martha’s Vineyard vacation early to return to Washington.

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