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O'Malley Seeking Early Money For 2010 Re-election

It's not exactly a secret that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) plans to seek re-election next year. But he states his intentions quite clearly in a new fundraising letter.

"I wanted to tell you personally that I am going to seek re-election as Governor and ask you to join me in my re-election campaign," O'Malley says in the six-page letter, which was sent to previous contributors to his campaigns. "Of course, we will do an official announcement when the actual campaign begins next year, but I expect to work as hard and campaign as vigorously as I did during my first campaign for Governor. I don't take anything or anyone for granted."

O'Malley asks for contributions ranging from $35 to $500 to serve as "early money" for his re-election bid.

"There's an old adage in politics that 'early money' is the most critical,' O'Malley says. "Unlike many old sayings, this one is absolutely true. The money I raise now is the seed money for a massive fundraising and grassroots effort next year."

The balance of the letter recounts O'Malley's upbringing and life in politics. Among other things, he asserts that "it is somewhat ironic" that he has spent 18 years in elected office.

"I am not drawn to the trappings of office or the desire for power," O'Malley says. "I am much more comfortable sitting alone with a book or a guitar than I am at formal functions."

The contours of next year's race for governor remain far from clear. Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), whom O'Malley defeated in 2006, is mulling a rematch but has indicated he is not likely to make a decision anytime soon. Several other far lesser-known Republicans have either started exploratory bids or are the subject of draft movements.

By John Wagner  |  June 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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