Tag: presidential race 2016

Maryland Man Siphons Millions from Trump Campaign

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I have to admit… this is kind of a brilliant move.

Gov. Hogan Speaks Out Against Donald Trump

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Larry Hogan at State of the State

As Donald Trump’s path to the Republican nomination becomes ever more clear, an increasing number of Republicans are falling in line and offering their endorsements. Not so Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Marylanders Like Ben Carson More than Martin O’Malley

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The view from the crowd.
The view from the crowd.

There’s a lot of data to parse in this Five Thirty Eight post about Martin O’Malley’s presidential chances. But one of the main takeaways is that Martin O’Malley is unpopular in his very own home state–very unpopular, in fact.

But Can O’Malley Pass the Lincoln Memorial Test?

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“Picture me carved out of marble!”

Gov. Martin O’Malley is one step closer to promising a go at the Democratic nomination: while in Milwaukee for the National Governors Association, he said he’s laying “the framework for a candidacy in 2016.”

He also said, “I have been taking more time to let my soul catch up with where my body’s been, you know?” — which sounds more like someone who’s laying the framework for a trip to Burning Man. The more I think about that sentence, the less I understand it.

O’Malley Uses Hurricane as Opportunity to Appear Presidential

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Look, everyone knows what O’Malley is up to when he acts all tough and no-nonsense as disaster approaches. You can almost see him thinking it:  Wouldn’t I be great at giving a national address right now? If you squint a little bit, do I look presidential?

NY Times Stamps O’Malley 2016 Presidential Contender

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Any Marylander who visited the New York Times website on Friday afternoon was immediately greeted with a powerful image. Staring out from among five head shots on the homepage’s main-story space, pictured with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: the handsome mug of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. 

In an online preview piece that will appear in the opinion pages of the print version of the Sunday Times, the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, David Leonhardt, ponders the possibilities of who will cadge the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. O’Malley ranks high on the list. As pungent evidence of O’Malley’s not-so-distant White House ambitions, Leonhardt cites our governor’s shock-and-awe cameo during the run-up to the recent South Carolina Republican presidential primary, wherein MOM pointedly lambasted GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

With a mixture of stealth and bravado, O’Malley has been erecting the framework for a 2016 presidential bid, using as platforms both his elective office and his chairmanship of the Democratic Governors Association. In addition to the South Carolina foray, O’Malley, in the past several months, has ventured overseas on a trade mission to India; was stationed in a position of conspicuous prominence directly behind First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress on creating jobs; and is openly championing the initiative to sanction same-sex marriage in Maryland. 

No one should commission painting O’Malley’s presidential portrait quite yet, but in Leonhardt’s mind — and the minds of Democratic apparatchiks currently scheming the party’s post-Obama landscape — the governor is ready for his national closeup.

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