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Former Obama campaign staffer doing consulting work for O’Malley’s PAC

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) addresses reporters outside the State House in October. (Photo by Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)

A veteran of President Obama’s campaign has been re-enlisted by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political team as O’Malley (D) seeks to cement his legacy and eyes a possible future beyond Maryland.

Elisabeth Smith, who served last year as Obama’s director of rapid response, began work last month as a consultant to O’Malley’s political action committee, known as O’ Say Can You See.

Smith previously worked as communications director for the Democratic Governors Association while O’Malley served as the organization’s chairman. At the DGA, Smith earned a reputation as a tough talker who pulled no punches when criticizing Republican governors.

Smith’s new role will include coordinating national media for O’Malley, including his appearances on television, an O’Malley aide said.

Her hiring comes as O’Malley is also beefing up his communications team in the State House.

Next week, Teddy Davis, who served as press secretary to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) and previously worked at ABC News, is joining the governor’s office as director of strategic communications, a new position.

O’Malley, who is term-limited and must step down in January 2015, is among the Democrats routinely mentioned as possible 2016 presidential contenders.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.



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