Martin O’Malley Steps Closer to 2016 Presidential Run

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signaled that he is moving closer to mounting a 2016 presidential campaign this weekend at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Milwaukee.

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Supporters look on as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, sitting third from right, signs a bill abolishing capital punishment in the state during a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signaled that he is moving closer to mounting a 2016 presidential campaign this weekend at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Milwaukee.

Speaking to reporters Saturday — 1,192 days before Election Day — while sipping a beer in the wood-paneled lobby of the Hilton hotel, the Democrat seemed excited by the possibility, speaking candidly about his ongoing preparations. “It’s going well,” he said, adding that he’s given a number of significant addresses over the past several months at universities and think tanks. “By the end of this year I think we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework for a candidacy in 2016.”

O’Malley also highlighted the work of his O’ Say Can You See PAC, which is supporting “like-minded candidates,” and growing his social-media presence. The political-action committee raised more than $500,000 in the first six months of 2013 and donated to early state candidates Iowa Representative Bruce L. Braley, a 2014 candidate for U.S. Senate, and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, as O’Malley oversaw one of the most productive — and most liberal — legislative sessions of any governor in the country. The governor signed strict gun-control legislation, boosted the state’s transportation funding and abolished the state’s death penalty. In 2012, he successfully advocated for initiatives to legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland.

O’Malley said he is also taking the time “to let my soul catch up to where my body’s been,” slowing down to read, write and think before making the critical and life-altering decision.

Among the books he’s been reading: beach fare like Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass’ new book Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order; former Bill Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer’s work The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government; and author Parker Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.

O’Malley hinted at a possible theme for his campaign, warning of a national “crisis of confidence” that won’t be over before the 2014 midterm elections.

We’re going through a period as a country — we’re going through this crisis of confidence. And great republics sometimes go through these periods. Individuals call them ‘the dark night of the soul.’ We’re going through a time of confusion and a time of polarization, and a time of real crisis about whether or not we’re still capable as a people of accomplishing big and important things. None more important than restoring the balance of our economy so that our middle class can continue to grow and give more opportunities to each successive generation. I don’t think we’re going to get through that. We will get through that period — of that I have no doubt. I don’t think we’ll get through that period by 2014. And so you’re going to have this debate rage in all the states.

“It’s probably going to continue … for a couple more cycles,” he added.

O’Malley, the former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and frequent Obama surrogate, is scheduled to leave his job as governor in 2015 after eight years in the governor’s mansion because of term limits. Jumping into the race early will likely be essential if he is to mount a serious bid for the White House.

A McClatchy-Marist poll last month found him polling at 1% of the Democratic primary electorate, if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also decides to run. A May poll from Quinnipiac University found that even with Clinton out of the race for the Democratic nomination, the Maryland governor would start off with the support of only 3% of Democratic voters.

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mariahasbarger
mariahasbarger

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shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Sounds good to me. It would be nice to have an actual liberal to have Biden and Clinton argue with. O'Malley may lack a lot of charisma but he's a serious policy-wonk and an effective governor.

anon76
anon76

@shepherdwong 

If charisma is the problem, he could always have Aidan Gillen stand in during debates and public appearances.

BrianAllanCobb
BrianAllanCobb

Anybody who can govern the City of Baltimore (Mayor, 1999 - 2007) has my attention.

Orwellian
Orwellian

@BrianAllanCobb NOTE: Baltimore's murder rate didn't receive deserved notice under O'Malley because it was overshadowed by Detroit & D.C. 

I am a refugee from the People's Republic of Maryland where Martin O'Malley has the ideal constituents: an underclass of urban dependents (Baltimore City) and a hoard of federal bureaucrats (Prince George & Montgomery Counties). Throw in some poor government-dependent illegal immigrants and you have the Democrat party in permanent power. O'Malley will not best Hillary in presidential politics but he practices the model BO & the national party wishes to adopt for One Party rule , i.e.,"the fundamental transformation of America." Adios America.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@Orwellian "NOTE: Baltimore's murder rate didn't receive deserved notice under O'Malley..."

Likewise under Bob Ehrlich and Michael Steele. Though it must be hard to see the history while hiding under your bed.

MrBenGhazi
MrBenGhazi

Interesting plug to get the attention of the politics junkies. I'll be much more interested to see his performance in debates. I don't think anyone is going to hold a candle to Mrs. Clinton on either side, but it would certainly be more interesting to watch if I am wrong.

smsretiree
smsretiree

Are you serious. Cruz or Paul Or Rubio will decimate the Killery in a debate. She won't just be able to talk about her hair color. As for Owemalley, we live in MD. He ruined his state. We finally elected a republican governor because he was so bad. His affair and love child will soon be exposed. Can't wait.

sacredh
sacredh

Just what we need. Another liberal socialist that wants men to be able to marry toasters because it's their "right".

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

I don't want to marry toasters, I just want to be free to sodomize them.*

*always unplug before plugging in.


DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@sacredh Jealous much?  

I mean, the ONLY way a RATIONAL person would say something like what you posted is if that was a real goal of any group.  

News flash: It isn't.

So, only the irrational, or those who want to do what they posted, would post the complete crap you just did. I am giving you the benefit of the doubt about being irrational, so you obviously are jealous of men who want to marry toasters.

What, can't get your toaster to sign the pre-nup? 

And marriage between women is in that same goal as marriage between men.  Do you expect them to want to marry their vibrators?

-shakes head-

Please don't breed.  The world doesn't need any more stupidity than it already has.

anon76
anon76

@DeweySayenoff

While you're busy shaking your head, why don't you think about the concepts of "irony" and "humor", and see if they apply to this situation.  If you're unfamiliar with them, then you can try looking them up on your toaster (or vibrator, if that's the way you roll).

sacredh
sacredh

"Please don't breed."

You must be a liberal. Only liberals would try to deny a citizen of the United States of America the right to procreate. You're probably white too. White people like telling other people what they can and can't do.

MrBenGhazi
MrBenGhazi

@sacredh I'm typically against feeding the trolls, but I do have to point out that the OP was asking, politely, that they not procreate, not suggesting they have their right to such stripped. There is a difference.

anon76
anon76

@BrianAllanCobb

I've been on these boards since 2005, and since he's been here there's very little sacredh has said that wasn't ironic.  Trust me.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

Another tax and spend governor, that's all I need to know. If it wasn't for all the government workers living in Maryland, the unemployment rate would be even higher than it is now. 

sacredh
sacredh

@TobyParer, my old girlfriend's ex-sister-in-law on her former-husband's side makes $100 every half hour but she has to swallow. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Last time I checked Maryland is an affluent state that boasts great health care, civil right and educational communities, as well as is a net contributor to the federal budget. Compare that to the Tea Party republics in NC, SC, Miss, Ala or any of the other GOP run and controlled states.

BrianAllanCobb
BrianAllanCobb

@mantisdragon91 Having grown up in the bigoted, racist Maryland of the 1960s -- Governor Agnew, anyone?  And he was the reform candidate -- it's nice to see what Maryland, My Maryland has evolved into.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Same as it ever was.  Nothing but nattering nabobs of negavitity/  I love the smell of the dead republican party in the morning 

WillieWatson
WillieWatson

The 1% and 3% figures are because he's not widely known.  That changes as soon as he becomes a candidate.  I reckon he's got a shot.

Hillary Clinton does not have this locked up, any more than she did in 2008.

caphillprof
caphillprof

O'Malley is a breath of fresh air.  The country should be so lucky.

sirch1234
sirch1234

@caphillprof If you like a breath of fresh air, O'Malley will find a way to tax it, just like he found a way to tax rain.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

@sirch1234 @caphillprof "Maryland is an affluent state that boasts great health care, civil right and educational communities, as well as is a net contributor to the federal budget"



anon76
anon76

@sirch1234

It's been raining all week and I haven't been taxed for it once.

smsretiree
smsretiree

Your breath of fresh air imposed 43 new taxes on us in 8 years. He literally taxed our RAIN. As mayor of Baltimore, he only counted a shooting as a crime if the victim died.

memyselfi
memyselfi

Wow, O'Malley really has the Repug attack machine mobilized, judging from the instant array of  bashing comments below. Of course, any charismatic progressive with the potential to rise to higher places draws this sort of fire....just hope he doesn't end up being subjected to worse things, as have befallen other outspoken progressives headed for the top, such as having an "unfortunate accident," ( JFK, jr,) or whitewater/monica-style muckraking.

sirch1234
sirch1234

@memyselfi Both sides are guilty of muckraking, attacking, bashing, etc., any candidate that is put up by the opposition.  It is called politics and has been going on for at least 200 plus years in this country.  I don't like it but it is what it is.


BrianAllanCobb
BrianAllanCobb

@memyselfi If there's any evidence that John-John's plane was sabotaged, well then like Ross Perot said, I'm all ears.

WSobchak1
WSobchak1

This demented little leprechaun is one of the most corrupt, manipulative, and inept politicians in America today. If we are insane enough to put this guy in office, then we deserve what we get.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@WSobchak1

I thought Obama and Hillary and Biden were the most corrupt, manipulative, and inept politicians in America.

Please give list of pre approved Democratic candidates so we don't make any mistakes.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

@WSobchak1 "corrupt, manipulative, and inept" "leprechaun"?  -- the article is about Governor O'Malley, not Rand Paul.


TyPollard
TyPollard

@alpha444 @TyPollard @WSobchak1 

Sorry. 

It's just too easy to be smug when The Republicans have cried wolf so many times that it is impossible to know what a wolf even is at this point. I'll try to be more respectful when responding to random, repetitive ad hominem attacks on Americans that are in public service.

Thank you for your concern.

anon76
anon76

@alpha444

"smug comment"?  That's it?

Come on!  That was the smuggest, most manipulative, most corrupt comment of all times!!!!  And if we let it stand, then we deserve the comment section we get!

I swear, some times it seems like you guys aren't even trying anymore.