O’Malley plans fundraiser this month with Pelosi to help five congressional candidates


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

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has pledged to corral some of his most loyal donors for a fundraiser later this month featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that will benefit five Democrats currently running for Congress.

The July 20 event is part of a weekend gathering of supporters of O’Malley’s political action committee, who are holding a retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as the governor continues to weigh a 2016 White House bid.

During the run-up to a potential candidacy that has been overshadowed by speculation about Hillary Rodham Clinton, O’Malley has made appearances at a few dozen other fundraisers around the country for fellow Democrats.

In recent weeks, O’Malley has also given speeches to Democratic audiences in the early presidential nominating states of New Hampshire and Iowa, taking time during both swings to campaign alongside the Democratic nominees for governor this fall.

Aides say O’Malley — who is finishing his second and final term as governor — plans considerable travel between now and the November elections to campaign and raise money for like-minded members of his party.

He “will continue to put skin in the game in races across the country so that we can elect more Democratic governors, senators and members of Congress this November,” said O’Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith.

Pelosi, who is scheduled to appear with O’Malley at the Eastern Shore fundraiser, has strong Maryland ties. She was born in Baltimore, and her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., is a former mayor of the city — as is O’Malley.

But Pelosi has been among the biggest cheerleaders for a Clinton presidential bid. A year ago, she was quoted saying, “I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president” and that Clinton would be “the most qualified person to enter the White House in modern history.”

The fundraiser, scheduled at a historic hotel in Easton, is being coordinated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the arm of the party that seeks to elect candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to a copy of the invitation, it will benefit three Democratic incumbents — Reps. Timothy H. Bishop (N.Y.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.) and Ann Kuster (N.H.) — as well as two Democrats running in Republican-held districts. They are Amanda Renteria in California and Andrew Romanoff in Colorado.

All but Romanoff are scheduled to attend, according to O’Malley aides.

The fundraiser is one of several gatherings that weekend being organized by O’Malley’s O’ Say Can You See PAC, which funds much of his political activity.

Other Democrats for whom O’Malley has hosted fundraisers in recent months, according to his aides, include Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley and Sen. Edward J. Markey (Mass.).

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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