O’Malley to Host Events As He Weighs 2016 Bid

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Annapolis, Md. — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is pulling together an “issues summit” next month, one of several planned gatherings aimed at keeping his supporters engaged as the Democrat continues to ponder a long-shot 2016 presidential bid.

The March 23 event in Baltimore will bring together “thought leaders,” elected officials and key members of O’Malley’s political action committee, according to an email the former governor sent recently to PAC donors.

The email said the summit would include a “discussion on translating our policy success in Maryland to the national level.” An invitation included in the email cited gun control and immigration issues as examples.

Maryland passed one of the strictest gun-control laws in the country in 2013, and voters in 2012 ratified an O’Malley-backed law that grants in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students in some cases.

The progressive Democrat, whose two terms in office ending last month, has also invited supporters to a pair of roundtable dinners. Each of the events is designed in part to raise money for O’Malley’s PAC, which is paying for a modest-sized political staff and supporting O’Malley’s travel as he continues to weigh a run for the Democratic presidential nomination that would likely pit him against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

O’Malley has said he will probably announce a decision about whether he will run sometime this spring.

O’Malley has spent limited time in the public eye in the four weeks since he left office. That is about to change, however, with a burst of travel to early nominating states. He is scheduled to appear in South Carolina this month and New Hampshire next month, and he has a pair of trips to Iowa planned for March and April.

The trips are organized around Democratic party dinners and other events.

— The Washington Post

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