O’Malley plans back-to-back trips to Iowa and New Hampshire after his presidential announcement at the end of this month and has been adding staff in both states, according to activists in those states. They say O’Malley will then travel to Iowa, where he has events scheduled in Davenport and Des Moines, and he plans to be in New Hampshire the following day, with an itinerary that includes a house party in Gilford.
On Twitter and in a Snapchat video O’Malley’s hints that his presidential launch will occur on the morning of May 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park. The short video, which does not have any audio, shows various scenes of downtown Baltimore and ends with a sign at Federal Hill Park.
— Martin O'Malley (@GovernorOMalley) May 19, 2015
O’Malley hires O’Hern, a veteran field operative in Iowa, to be his caucus director, a position which oversees voter contact, according to multiple Democratic sources. Spokespeople for O’Malley’s political action committee do not respond to multiple requests for comment.
At the annual meeting for the Clinton Global Initiative, O’Malley appears on stage with Bill Clinton to announce O’Malley’s involvement with a project of CGI called the Mid-Atlantic Infrastructure Exchange (MAX). Clinton praises O’Malley as “a terrific governor of Maryland” and notes his education reforms in particular [remarks related to O’Malley begin around 5:00 in the video]:
Maryland at least twice during [O’Malley’s] two-term tenure has been voted the best run state in the country.
The former president predicts O’Malley’s lieutenant governor will succeed him:
Showing that the people of Maryland like where they’re going and believe in what they’re doing.