The intrepid Len Lazarick of the Maryland Reporter tracked O’Malley down to discover that he had not just lifted the quotation, but that McCann had actually helped him write the speech. The two first met in 2002 when they shared a table at Esquire magazine’s “The Best and the Brightest” in the nation awards dinner and became friends.
McCann, who is now based in New York, said of O’Malley last year: “I have great hope for this country because we have somebody like governor O’Malley,” citing his stance on gun control. “And he can sing too. I can’t. I do, but I can’t.”