Maryland’s O’Malley booked to speak next month at Democratic dinner in Mississippi

The latest destination on Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political travel itinerary: Mississippi.

The Mississippi Democratic Party announced Thursday that O’Malley (D) has been booked as the special guest at its 2014 Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer dinner on Aug. 15 in Jackson, Miss.

“It is a rare opportunity to welcome a national figure as highly regarded as Governor O’Malley to Mississippi,” the party said in a post on its Facebook page, which also alluded to O’Malley’s side career as the frontman of a Celtic rock band. “If we get lucky, Governor O’Malley may even break out his guitar!”

The event comes as O’Malley continues to ponder a 2016 presidential run and is traveling the country to help fellow Democrats who are on the ballot this year.

O’Malley has said he is moving forward with preparations for a possible White House bid regardless of what Hillary Rodham Clinton decides about whether she will run.

In recent weeks, O’Malley has traveled to the early presidential nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and aides say he has a busy stretch of other travel ahead. O’Malley is also scheduled to speak July 26 at a Democratic Party dinner in Nebraska.

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