The governors of Maryland and Virginia, Martin O’Malley and Timothy M. Kaine, are considered rising stars in the Democratic Party. Both And both are practicing Catholics who have voiced personal opposition to the death penalty.vNow they share something else: Both face decisions on that divisive issue that will be watched closely in their states and beyond, reports the Washington Post.
O’Malley, who was sworn in last month, has pledged to work with lawmakers to repeal Maryland’s death penalty — and could effectively halt executions through the end of his tenure even without their support, given a recent court ruling. Kaine, who was sworn in last year, presides over a state where executions are far more frequent. He soon could have to decide whether to sign bills to expand capital punishment in Virginia. The openness of the governors on the issue is testament to the changing politics of the death penalty, analysts say.