updated 7:45 a.m. Friday
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is watching the fallout from a collapsed casino plan from afar.
Aides confirmed that the governor was in New York, where he was meeting with prospective donors to a number of causes. On Friday morning, he was interviewed on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Some of O’Malley’s fundraising activities were related to the Democratic Governors Association, which he chairs and for which he travels regularly.
But aides said he was also trying to raise funds for a couple of November ballot measures in November: one on a same-sex marriage law, the other on a law that grants in-state tuition rates to certain undocumented immigrants. O’Malley supports both measures.
Back in Maryland, state leaders were trading recriminations and talking about whether to resurrect a plan that would have allowed a casino in Prince George’s County. A work group set up by O’Malley announced Wednesday that it could not reach consensus on the plan.
On “Morning Joe,” O’Malley deflected questions about his own political ambitions and offered a robust defense of President Obama’s performance.
“I thought we’re ... electing a president, not a magician here,” O’Malley said. “This is the real world. “There’s ups, there’s downs. It’s not a perfect place. And I think the president’s doing a very good job in a very complex and challenging environment.”
In response to a question, O’Malley said that “Democrats of means” could be giving more to political campaigns this year.
“I think we all need to put our oars in the water,” O’Malley said.