O’Malley booked for Democratic party event in Wisconsin as he ponders his political future


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The latest destination on Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political calendar: the Badger State.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced Thursday that it has booked O’Malley (D), who is weighing a 2016 run for the White House, as the keynote speaker for its annual Founders Day Gala in Milwaukee.

The April 12 event should provide additional national exposure for O’Malley as he ponders his future. In an interview with The Post published earlier this month, O’Malley said he is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid and can’t afford to wait for Hillary Clinton to decide whether she will run.

Aides said the trip is part of O’Malley’s ongoing commitment to helping more Democrats around the country get elected next year.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is up for reelection next year and is dealing with fallout from two criminal investigations that could complicate his ambitions for national office in 2016.

O’Malley is also scheduled to speak in California next month as part of the state Democratic party’s annual convention in Los Angeles.

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