Md. Governor: ‘Dinosaur Wing’ of the GOP Trying to ‘Kill’ Economic Recovery

By Matt Cover | July 21, 2011 | 11:46 AM EDT

Washington ( – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and the “dinosaur wing of the Republican Party” are actively trying to ruin the economy by undermining debt-ceiling negotiations.

Speaking to reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday, O’Malley said certain elements of the GOP are trying to undermine the economy to harm President Obama politically. O’Malley claimed that these Republicans are trying to either push the country into default or hurt the economy by cutting government jobs.

“I believe that there are some members – some members – of the Republican Party who, in order to defeat President Obama in the next election, would like to kill the jobs recovery now, either by default or by massive sudden cuts to public sector jobs,” O’Malley said.

When asked by after the press conference which Republicans he was talking about, Gov. O’Malley fingered the House Majority Leader and a “dinosaur wing” of the GOP.

“I’m talking about Eric Cantor and the dinosaur wing of the Republican Party,” O’Malley said.

Asked whether other conservative Republicans – such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) – might be part of his “dinosaur wing,” O’Malley refused to answer, saying only that he hoped the “Republican Party of Lincoln” would prevail.

“I won’t go further than that because I want to allow space for the goodness of the Republican Party of Lincoln to re-emerge,” he said.