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Posted at 8:59 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Familiar themes, more partisan tone planned for O'Malley speech to Va. Dems

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for o'malley-serious.JPGMaryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will employ some familiar themes with a partisan edge Saturday as he heads south to deliver the keynote address at the Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

In the speech, one of his first since ascending to chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, O"Malley will repeat a call from his State of the State address in Maryland to continue to make investments in priorities such as education and infrastructure while governing in a fiscally responsible way. And he plans a few shots at his Republican counterparts, which will echo criticism O'Malley has leveled at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

"The other side would have you believe ... that we can somehow just cut our way to a better future," O'Malley will say, according to prepared remarks first reported in Politico. "Friends, that type of tea party is more Alice in Wonderland than Sam Adams. ... We're not somehow being clever by failing to invest in high-speed rail, while they use out money to build it in China. We're not doing ourselves any favors by neglecting public education. We're better than that."

The speech comes as O'Malley, who was reelected by a surprisingly large margin in November, seeks to spread his wings nationally and is already being mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, even as some of his key initiatives in Annapolis face skepticism this year.

"You and I know that to make this new economy ours, we must be strategic in how we do it," O'Malley says in his prepared remarks for the Richmond appearance. "Creating jobs and expanding opportunity is not only about the spending we cut, it's about the progress we protect. It's not only about today's budget math, it is about giving our children the opportunities they will need to win the future."

Since becoming DGA chairman, O'Malley has participated in a national policy conference, spoken to a retreat of congressional Democrats and become a more regular presence on the Hill. More out-of-state travel is planned, with an acceleration likely following the end of Maryland's legislative session, which ends in early April. O'Malley will also be very visible later this month as the conference of the National Governors Association in Washington.

By John Wagner  | February 18, 2011; 8:59 AM ET
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Good, glad he is speaking, this just about should alienate all but the few last diehard VA Dems. into voting for whatever Rep. senate candidate (probably Allen) emerges, or just staying home.

Please see related article "O'Malley takes aim at Florida's Gov. Scott" and Chris Christie of NJ and other Rep. govs. which is now closed to comments.

Posted by: I_can_see_DCfrommyhouse | February 20, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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