O’Malley advertised as ‘hot prospect’ for 2016


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley hands a pen to a supporter after signing the same-sex marriage bill in Annapolis on March 1. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

“Governor O’Malley may dismiss talk of 2016 as ‘premature,’ but when has that stopped us?” asks an invitation to the monthly gathering hosted by Bill Schneider, the political analyst and longtime CNN contributor.

In Annapolis, O’Malley and legislative leaders are trying to find a way to clean up the messy end to the 90-day legislative session. Last week, the General Assembly adjourned without passing an agreed-upon tax package, a move that will trigger more than $500 million in cuts to education and other planning spending if a special session is not convened before July.

The invitation for Friday’s gathering suggests that it will focus on other issues and highlights O’Malley’s role as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

The invite also notes that O’Malley signed a same-sex marriage bill last month.

“Is that issue becoming a plus for Democrats?” the invitation asks. “Is President Obama through ‘evolving’? And who knows? Maybe the governor will give us a few bars of his famous Irish music.”

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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