O’Malley said he plans to do “everything I can” to help Brown, a commitment that will involve helping raise money, among other things, aides say.
The timing of next year’s primaries will leave lawmakers little time to campaign after the legislative session, which ends in April, likely making the session more political than it would be otherwise.
“A lot of the individual legislators are going to want to focus their energies on their agendas, not the governor’s,” said House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), who helped shepherd O’Malley’s legislative agenda through his chamber this year. “The governor is smart enough to understand that. . . . Will his last year be as packed with issues and drama as this year? No, probably not.”
That still leaves plenty to do, O’Malley and his aides say.
The governor, who left Saturday on a trade mission to Israel and Jordan, said job creation will remain a priority.
He also remains focused on reaching 16 wide-ranging strategic goals he has laid out for his administration. They are as varied as increasing mass transit ridership, eliminating childhood hunger and increasing renewable energy generation.
An aide said there also are plans for a series of visits to communities around the state to seek input on how state government can better serve them.
And during the interview, O’Malley mentioned a number of lower-profile initiatives that will get his attention, including plans for a “town hall” for science teachers to coordinate strategies on teaching and projects related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Much of his work, he said, takes place outside the 90 days lawmakers are in town.
“The other three-quarters of the year is driving down violent crime, driving up student achievement, building an innovation economy through all the various things our state government and its executive branches do,” O’Malley said.