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Posted at 2:33 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

O'Malley aide gets top job with governors group

By John Wagner

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has tapped one of his most trusted aides in Annapolis to serve as executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, the national political organization that O'Malley took over last week.

Colm O'Comartun will start his new job in Washington on Jan. 2, the DGA announced Wednesday.

O'Comartun, whose job title in Annapolis is director of the governor's office, has been most visible in recent years as O'Malley's constant traveling companion. His portfolio includes taking care of varied tasks for O'Malley, ranging from the very large to the very small. He is considered influential because he always has the governor's ear.

"Colm is one of the most skilled and loyal public servants I've ever worked with," O'Malley, who was elected as chairman of the DGA by his fellow governors, said in a statement. "He's a strong fundraiser, excellent organizer and talented communicator. He's the right person to lead our resurgence and will highlight and support Democratic governors' efforts to restore the economy, strengthen our workforce and spur job creation."

O'Malley, who won reelection last month by more than 14 percentage points, is widely expected to use the DGA perch to increase his national political visibility. O'Comartun is taking over the organization's top staff position from Nathan Daschle, who has held the job for about four years.

O'Comartun's tenure with O'Malley dates back to the governor's days as mayor of Baltimore. Among other things, the two share an Irish heritage. O'Comartun was educated in his native Ireland at University College Dublin.

By John Wagner  | December 8, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
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