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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

UPDATED: O'Malley expected to take DGA gavel Wednesday

By John Wagner

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Update, 2:30 p.m.:
A news conference has ended at which Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was introduced as the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. A news release has also been issued by the DGA. All that remains is a technicality: The governors assembled at the St. Regis hotel still have to vote. That is expected later Wednesday afternoon.

Update, 1 p.m.:
There's been no official announcement, but Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was just called "our new chair" by a colleague at a luncheon of the Democratic Governors Association.

Addressing the luncheon at the St. Regis hotel in Washington, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue (D) said O'Malley had come a long way since his days as a staffer for Gary Hart's presidential campaigns.

O'Malley, currently the organization's vice chairman, is serving an emcee of the luncheon. Last month, Nathan Daschle, executive director of the DGA, called O'Malley's reelection "the crown jewel" of Democratic efforts.
The formal announcement of O'Malley's ascension to chairman is expected later Wednesday.

Original Post:
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is widely expected to be chosen by his colleagues Wednesday as the next chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, a position that should boost his national profile.

O'Malley, currently the organization's vice chairman, will take over the post from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D), pending a vote at the DGA's annual meeting at the St. Regis hotel in Washington. After this month's elections, Democrats will hold governorships in 20 states across the country. The DGA is the arm of the party that helps raise money and elect like-minded governors.

O'Malley's ascent has been telegraphed for several months and was solidified by his resounding reelection victory Nov. 2 over former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). O'Malley beat Ehrlich by more than 14 percentage points, double the margin of four years ago.

O'Malley's expected appointment was given a less-than-warm reception Tuesday by Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott, who had this to say: "With a historic number of Marylanders still unemployed and a budget crisis looming, I would hope Governor O'Malley would focus on fixing Maryland instead of gallivanting around the country, raising money on behalf of other Democrat governors."

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By John Wagner  | December 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor, John Wagner  
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Well deserved recognition for the job he has done as Governor of MD. I am sure he will do his job with a Maryland First approach.

Posted by: politcoterp | December 1, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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