During a Q&A session on the social media forum Reddit, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley racked up a lot of votes – many of which were thumbs down.
On Monday morning, O’Malley set out to interact with Reddit users in the “Ask Me Anything” section of the website, where celebrities can answer questions posted by users. In 2012, a similar session conducted by President Obama was such an immediate hit that it temporarily crashed the website’s servers.
But for O’Malley, Reddit was more of a crash-and-burn experiment. Many of his responses received more thumbs down than thumbs up from users. As a result, his answers were buried far below more popular comments from users, which were often digs at his political record or social media skills.
“Well, this didn’t go well,” read one of the highest-rated comments on the page. “Lots of hard questions with very few responses from the governor,” another user said.
His most unpopular responses were on issues ranging from Maryland’s gun control legislation, his administration’s use of the transportation trust fund, or flopped attempts at jokes. “I don’t eat competitively,” he responded to a question about his crab-cake eating record.
He received some positive ratings on comments discussing the state’s recent marijuana decriminalization bill and his support for an amendment countering the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts in political campaigns.
Still, a majority of users – 63% – approved of O’Malley’s introductory comment, which was a higher approval rating than Obama's.
The governor wrote his own answers, said Nina Smith, his deputy director of communications. She said he was satisfied with the interaction. “Generally, we feel like it went very well,” she said. “He had a lot of fun."
O’Malley has been discussed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate since he headlined the Jefferson-Jackson fundraiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party last year.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times