O'Malley remains vice chair of Democratic governors group
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was chosen on Wednesday by his colleagues in the Democratic Governors Association to continue as the organization's vice chairman.
O'Malley was elevated to that post late last year after serving as the DGA's finance chairman during the 2008 election year. The group, which works to elect Democratic governors nationally, raised $23 million during O'Malley's stint, surpassing its goal.
On Wednesday, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell was chosen as the organization's new chairman, replacing Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana. O'Malley had ruled out seeking the chairmanship, since he is up for re-election in the coming year.
His ascendency in the organization could serve him well if Maryland's race turns competitive next year, particulary if money becomes an issue.
At this point, with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) still weighing a rematch, Maryland is not considered a top priority.
The DGA also announced Wednesday that it will spend at least $5 million in at least five key states "to educate the public about the consequences of ... failed ideas" from Republican governors. The initial list of states includes California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Ohio.
December 2, 2009; 7:14 PM ET
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