O’Malley heading back to Iowa next month as he continues to weigh 2016 presidential bid


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

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is weighing a 2016 White House bid, is heading back to Iowa next month for a pair of events that will expose him to activists in the nation’s first presidential nominating state.

O’Malley plans to attend the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame celebration on June 20 and then will be the keynote speaker at the party’s state convention on June 21, aides to O’Malley confirmed Wednesday.

The trip comes amid a period of stepped-up political travel for O’Malley, who also plans to travel to New Hampshire on June 13 to appear as a “special guest” at an annual Flag Day Dinner hosted by the Manchester Democrats.

O’Malley’s travel to Iowa will be his first time in the state since 2012, when he was the keynote speaker at U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s 35th annual steak fry fundraiser.

O’Malley has said he is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid and can’t wait for Hillary Rodham Clinton to decide whether she is running. Aides stress he has made no decision about running, however.

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

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