Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. (AP Photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor.)

O’Malley (D) and McDonnell (R) are scheduled to have “a conversation” at Politico’s Second Annual State Solutions Conference, appearing in their respective capacities as chairmen of the Democratic Governors Association and Republican Governors Association.

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Robert A. Martin)

The Politico gathering will be in front of a live audience, and it starts early: 8 a.m. at the Newseum.

The forum is scheduled to coincide with the start of a very busy weekend in Washington, where the National Governors Association is holding its winter meeting.

The O’Malley-led DGA has several of its own events scheduled as well, including a “Taste of America” gala Saturday night, which features Democratic governors and “top chefs from across the country,” according to the DGA Web site. The participating chefs are all active in a campaign by Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger, the DGA says.