Before Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) heads to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, he is making a stop in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.
O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, is scheduled to touch down late Thursday afternoon and has a string of media interviews scheduled into Friday, according to aides.
O’Malley is among those appearing in enemy territory to make the counter argument to that being put forward by Republicans this week. He offered a hint of what’s likely to come on Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when he called the GOP a “party of exclusion.”
O’Malley’s planned appearances in Tampa on Thursday night include a return visit to CNN as well as FOX radio, according to an aide. He also has meetings scheduled with a pair of national news organizations.
On Friday, O’Malley is scheduled to appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which is broadcasting this week from a Tampa bar. Fellow guests include another Marylander — former lieutenant governor Michael Steele — and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
As chairman of the DGA, O’Malley has often used Christie as a rhetorical punching bag, declaring once that he lives in a “make-believe world, where down is up, up is down, candy is a vegetable, and vegetables are candy.”