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Martin O'Malley Says He Was The "First Post-9/11" Mayor And Governor

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Martin O'Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore and a former governor of Maryland, said during Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate that he was "the very first post-9/11 mayor and the very first post-9/11 governor."

"I am the very first post-9/11 mayor and the very first post-9/11 governor," said O'Malley, who was mayor from 1999 to 2007 and governor from 2007 until January of this year.

"I understand, from the ground up, that when attacks like San Bernardino happen, when attacks like the attacks of 9/11 happen, that when people call 911, the first people to show up are the local first responders."

Nobody knew what he was talking about.

What does it mean to be the "very first post-9/11 mayor"?

Anyone know what O’Malley meant when he said he was the first post-9/11 mayor and first post-9/11 governor?? What?

Martin O'Malley was elected mayor in 1999 and governor in 2007. How does that make him the first post-9/11 mayor OR governor?

O'Malley is the first post 9/11 Mayor and the 1st post 9/11 Governor. Whatever the hell that means. #DemDebate

O'Malley says "I am the first post 9/11 mayor." I am not sure what that means.

"I am the very first post-9/11 mayor, and the first post-9/11 governor." What does that even mean?

Confusion on Twitter among journalists trying to figure out how O'Malley, who was elected in 1999, was the "very first post-9/11 mayor."

Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Christopher Massie at Christopher.Massie@buzzfeed.com.

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