O’Malley returning to New Hampshire next month as he weighs a 2016 White House bid


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

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who continues to eye a 2016 White House bid, is headed back to New Hampshire next month.

O’Malley (D) has been booked as the “special guest” June 13 at an annual Flag Day Dinner hosted by the Manchester Democrats, the organization announced Thursday.

It will be O’Malley’s first trip to New Hampshire, traditionally the first presidential nominating state, since November, when he delivered a keynote address to a larger gathering, the state Democratic party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

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.

As he weighs a bid, O’Malley also spent some quality time Wednesday with two prominent political figures from the Granite State.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) was the keynote speaker at the Maryland Democratic Party’s annual gala, held in Upper Marlboro. During the dinner, a parade of speakers praised the tenure of O’Malley, who is term-limited and steps down in January.

Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, was also in attendance at the Maryland party’s dinner.

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