National News Maryland governor derides tea party, urges unity March 09, 2014 00:41 GMT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has introduced himself to California Democrats with a scathing indictment of the tea party and plans for a stronger middle class to move the country forward. The potential 2016 White House candidate told Democratic delegates at a party convention in Los Angeles on Saturday that he's weary of cynicism and government-by-obstruction in Washington. The Democrat criticizes tea-party Republicans who he says have been selling the country short. He warns of the danger of cutting education and aid for the needy. O'Malley, who received a standing ovation at the end of his remarks, says the country must do more to make sure children don't inherit a lesser nation. And he pointed to job growth in his home state as a blueprint.