O’Malley to play GOP foil in Tampa

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.


Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

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.”

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

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