Martin O’Malley

O’Malley Already Hitting the Early States

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has scheduled a trip to New Hampshire, where he might be laying the groundwork for a second presidential run, the Boston Globe reports.

“His April 23 visit to the Granite State marks his first trip there since the November general election. He will have multiple stops on that day, including events in Salem and Bedford… O’Malley has visited Iowa twice recently. Last week he held a town hall in South Carolina, which holds a primary soon after New Hampshire on the presidential nominating calendar.”

O’Malley Reflects on Running for President

From a BuzzFeed interview:

Martin O’Malley remembers running for president like this: He is on a train, heading for a bridge. He can see the bridge is giving out. He is shouting and waving and pointing at a “better lane,” he says. “But it’s like I couldn’t get anybody on the train to listen.”

“It was the most frustrating experience I’ve ever had in politics.”

O’Malley Supporters Could Decide Iowa

“Martin O’Malley has rarely broken above 5% in Iowa polls, but on caucus night he could be the most popular person in the room — or, rather, his supporters will be, as activists for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders desperately try to scoop them up,” the New York Times reports.

“The arcane rules of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses mean that most O’Malley supporters will be ruled ‘nonviable’ if he does not get 15% support at a caucus; his supporters will then be up for grabs by another candidate. With polls showing the race between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders narrowing to a near tie, O’Malley supporters, along with attendees who enter their neighborhood caucuses undecided, could swing the results.”

O’Malley Campaign Close to Collapse

“With barely 10 weeks before Democrats start picking their presidential nominee, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley’s campaign is perilously close to financial collapse,” the Washington Post reports.

“The Democratic hopeful this week began asking the roughly 30 staffers at his Baltimore headquarters to redeploy to Iowa and elsewhere, a tacit acknowledgment that he will need a surprisingly strong showing in the first caucus state to stay in the race.”

O’Malley Cuts Campaign Staff

Martin O’Malley’s “financially strapped presidential campaign is reallocating resources to reduce the size of its headquarters staff and focus on the early presidential nominating states, and especially Iowa,” NBC News reports.

“The former Maryland governor has been mired in the low single digits in polls and struggled to raise the money necessary to support his relatively large operation. After Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, O’Malley’s staff were alerted there would be a shift away from the campaign’s Baltimore headquarters to its field operations in the early states.”

O’Malley Took Campaign Cash from NRA Too

The Intercept: “In one of the more dramatic salvos of the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, Martin O’Malley took a swipe at Bernie Sanders, claiming that the Vermont senator ‘panders to the NRA’
… And yet O’Malley accepted $40,000 from the NRA in 2012 as the chair of a national political committee, disclosures show.”

O’Malley’s Last Chance May Be Debates

Martin O’Malley “has been introducing himself to Democratic voters for months in speeches, at rubber-chicken dinners and most recently in a Snapchat video in which he is shown studying on his iPad while doing a plank, in a tank top, at the gym. But he still is almost nowhere in the polls,” the New York Times reports.

“On Tuesday he will have what could be his best chance to grab the kind of attention that could get his candidacy off the ground.”

O’Malley Super PAC Cuts Iowa Staff

“A super PAC supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley has laid off 38 organizers in Iowa — about three-quarters of its staff here,” the Washington Post reports.

“Generation Forward, a political action committee launched by longtime O’Malley aides and other boosters, maintains 13 people on the ground in the nation’s first nominating state, spokesman Ron Boehmer said Wednesday night.”