O’Malley headed to Copenhagen for transatlantic ‘progressive’ conference


Gov. Martin O’Malley talks to reporters in Annapolis on Monday the last day of Maryland’s legislative session. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), fresh off a string of wins in the Maryland General Assembly on liberal issues, is scheduled to appear in Denmark on Friday as part of a panel at a conference on “progressive governance.”

The two-day gathering in Copenhagen is being organized by the Policy Network, a think tank based in London, and the Center for American Progress in Washington.

According to the program, O’Malley’s fellow panelists will include Stefan Lofven, leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party; Ed Miliband, leader of the British Labor Party; Diederick Samson, leader of the Dutch Labour Party; and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark.

Colm O’Comartun, a former O’Malley aide in Annapolis who is now executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, is booked to appear on a separate panel. O’Malley stepped down as DGA chairman in December after holding the post for two years.

The trip is one of two upcoming international forays for O’Malley, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid. He plans to lead a Maryland trade mission to Israel later this month.

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

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