Md.'s O'Malley to keynote Va. political event
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will cross the Potomac next month to serve as the keynote speaker at an annual party dinner for Virginia Democrats.
O'Malley, whose national profile has been on the rise since his Nov. 2 reelection, has been booked for the 2011 Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Richmond, Brian Coy, a spokesman for the Virginia Democrats, confirmed.
Coy said O'Malley was attractive as a speaker for the Feb. 19 dinner both because of his decisive reelection in a tough year for Democrats and his recent ascendancy to the chairmanship of the Democratic Governors Association.
"He's got a great local perspective, as well as a national perspective, on the way Democrats are moving forward in 2011," Coy said.
Both political parties have been competitive in Virginia in recent years. President Obama (D) carried the state in 2008, but Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) won a landslide victory the following year.
O'Malley is also scheduled to speak next month at a conference in Washington hosed by Governing magazine.