Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Presidential prospect Martin O'Malley plants a flag in Ohio by joining forces with Ed FitzGerald

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential candidate for president in 2016, offered a boost Wednesday to Ed FitzGerald's campaign for governor, calling the Cuyahoga County executive a rising star in Democratic politics.

"Frankly I think he's a leader of a new generation that's coming up in our party," O'Malley told reporters after he and FitzGerald toured a college mentoring program's downtown offices. "They are not handicapped by the old ideological battles of the past."

O'Malley's visit was to continue into the evening with a fundraiser for FitzGerald and the Ohio Democratic Party at the nearby Ritz-Carlton and is part of his push to elect Democratic governors in 2014. Doing so could forge alliances for a White House bid. But O'Malley sidestepped questions about how his barnstorming might benefit his own ambitions.

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