(Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The stop in Florida was the latest in O’Malley’s political travels as chairman of the DGA. He is spending the next two days at a DGA policy conference in Aspen, Colo.

During a meeting with Herald reporters, O’Malley, who is trying to give the DGA a stronger voice on partisan issues, took some swipes at Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other newly elected GOP governors, according to an account on Naked Politics, a Herald blog.

“This new crop of governors, this last class, the tea party governors, are helping to draw distinctions between Democratic and Republican governors that were sometimes a little more difficult to see in the past,” O’Malley said. “Whether it’s in how they negotiate with labor unions — their philosophy about infrastructure — they live in a make-believe world. I don’t think it’s a Republican or Democratic notion that a modern economy requires modern investments, but these guys would have you believe that the beginning and end of a governor’s job is just to cut.”

The reaction of the Herald reporters, according to the blog: “First impression: O’Malley could play well on the national stage, with a clear speaking style and blue-collar sensibility from a Mason-Dixon state.”