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Governors Tap O'Malley To Lead Fundraising

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has been named finance chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, a post that involves raising money for the party's gubernatorial hopefuls across the nation.

The appointment was made this week by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), the DGA's new chairman.

"He was just elected last year, but he's quickly become very well respected around the country," DGA spokesman Brian Namey said of O'Malley.

The post is the lastest to provide national exposure for O'Malley, who has been involved in several other groups with national reach, including the Democratic Leadership Council, since his days as mayor of Baltimore.

Besides helping other Democrats, the opportunity to engage donors on a national basis could prove helpful to O'Malley if he pursues higher office down the road.

By John Wagner  |  December 6, 2007; 4:05 PM ET
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Mr. Wagner never asks the tough questions. How many hours a week, especially durng the session, will the Governor spend outside the state, not running Maryland, in this new job? Can he meet these influential donors by telecommuting?

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | December 7, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"He was just elected last year, but he's quickly become very well respected around the country."

Respected by whose standards? In fact, many of his 2006 gubernatorial campaign supporters in Maryland are now clutching their backsides after his kangaroo "special" session. For the uninformed few that aren't now, just wait until Jan 1st when the tax increases take effect.

The entire campaign fundraising process is riddled with shady closed door deals so O'Malley will fit in well. The man responsible for taking everyone in Maryland's money has done such a good jod that he's graduated to the national scene.

Posted by: Marylander | December 7, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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