O’Mal­ley con­sid­ers can­di­dacy to lead Demo­cratic Party

Baltimore Sun - - TRUMP TRANSITION - By John Fritze john.fritze@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jfritze

Martin O’Mal­ley, the two-term Mary­land gover­nor who ran un­suc­cess­fully for pres­i­dent this year, said Fri­day he is con­sid­er­ing a bid to lead the na­tional Demo­cratic Party, which is reel­ing from this week’s up­set in the race for pres­i­dent.

O’Mal­ley’s state­ment came as some lib­eral lead­ers ap­peared to be co­a­lesc­ing be­hind an­other can­di­date for the job: Rep. Keith El­li­son of Min­nesota.

Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, a favorite of lib­er­als, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the in­com­ing Se­nate Demo­cratic leader, and Sen. Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, who waged an unexpectedly strong pri­mary cam­paign against Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton, have ex­pressed sup­port for El­li­son.

O’Mal­ley crit­i­cized the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee’s leadership heav­ily dur­ing his cam­paign this year, sug­gest­ing that of­fi­cials were work­ing in Clin­ton’s fa­vor dur­ing the pri­mary.

Many of those of­fi­cials re­signed this sum­mer af­ter leaked in­ter­nal emails showed that O’Mal­ley and oth­ers had a point.

Party chair­man is a post that takes on added sig­nif­i­cance when the op­po­site party con­trols the White House. The chair of the out-of-power party plays an es­pe­cially O’Mal­ley im­por­tant role in mes­sag­ing and or­ga­niz­ing for the next elec­tion.

“I’m tak­ing a hard look at DNC chair be­cause I know how badly we need to re­form our nom­i­nat­ing process, ar­tic­u­late a bold pro­gres­sive vi­sion, recom­mit our­selves to higher wages and a stronger mid­dle class, and re­turn to our roots as a na­tion­wide, grass roots party,” O’Mal­ley said in a state- ment.

O’Mal­ley, 53, twice elected Mary­land’s gover­nor, was thought to be a can­di­date for the party’s top job ear­lier this year, but the idea faded as the pri­mary be­came ac­ri­mo­nious and O’Mal­ley grew openly crit­i­cal of Clin­ton.

But af­ter Clin­ton’s loss Tues­day to Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, Democrats will be search­ing for new, younger voices.

O’Mal­ley, for­mer head of the Demo­cratic Gover­nors As­so­ci­a­tion, was also an out­spo­ken critic of Trump on so­cial me­dia and na­tional tele­vi­sion net­works. He re­ceived par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion on so­cial me­dia for de­scrib­ing Trump as a “bully racist” dur­ing his speech at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion this year.

Trump once de­scribed O’Mal­ley as a “dis­gust­ing, lit­tle, weak, pa­thetic baby.”

For­mer Ver­mont Gov. Howard Dean, who was DNC chair­man from 2005 to 2009, is also seek­ing the job.

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