O'Malley's national stature grows
The Democratic Governors Association announced today that Martin O'Malley has been elevated to vice chairman of the group.
The move was expected; O'Malley had been finance chairman, and governors typically follow a progression, from finance to vice chairman to chairman. "In 2008, the DGA burst all previous fundraising records, reaching $23 million," the group said in a release.
When the current chairman, Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, completes his term, O'Malley should take over the top spot. The position provides decent visibility for O'Malley, who is presumably looking to build a national stature, and who, after the 2010 gubernatorial election, will begin looking for other jobs (presuming he is re-elected).
Former Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening was head of both the DGA and the bipartisan corollary, the National Governors Association.
In 2010m the DGA will attempt to defend 21 Governorships held by Democrats, with 38 races on the ballot, the group said in its release.