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O'Malley To Appear On "Real Time" Friday

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will spend much of his Friday in the air so that he can appear on the air live that night with Bill Maher.

The governor is among the guests booked on the season finale of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," something to which he drew attention Wednesday afternoon with a Facebook posting.

O'Malley is scheduled to appear on a panel with actor Alec Baldwin and Hardball host Chris Matthews. O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the topics are expected to include health care, an issue on which the governor has been increasingly vocal in support of President Obama.

Abbruzzese said O'Malley is departing Friday morning to appear in California for the show, which airs at 10 p.m. on the East coast. The governor will then take a red-eye flight back to Maryland, where he is scheduled to appear Saturday morning in Ocean City at a conference of the Maryland State Education Association. Maher invited O'Malley and HBO is picking up his travel tab, Abbruzzese said.

Asked if O'Malley will engage in any West Coast fundraising, Abbruzzese said: "As of right now, there are no additional events planned."

Former Maryland lieutenant governor and current Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele has appeared on Maher's show on multiple occasions.

Maher's Web site identifies Baldwin as an "actor" and Matthews as a "TV Host." Curiously, O'Malley is identified as "scholar."

"Really, that's inaccurate," Abbruzzese noted, "because he's also a musician and a poet."

By John Wagner  |  October 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
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Comments

Interesting. It's not likely that he's going to say anything particularly controversial, but it should be an interesting exercise.

Posted by: EricS2 | October 14, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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