In his latest bid to build good will among fellow Democrats, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley asked his supporters Thursday to steer donations to five candidates around the country that he dubbed “the O’Team.”
O’Malley, who is gearing up for a possible 2016 White House bid, said in an e-mail solicitation that the candidates — including one in Iowa and one in New Hampshire — are in close races this year. He called them “the kind of leaders who inspire us all to believe like Americans again.”
The appeal comes shortly after O’Malley’s political action committee dispatched more than two dozen campaign staffers to help out in states with competitive gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races on the ballot this fall. Destinations included the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
The five candidates O’Malley included in Thursday’s solicitation are: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who is running for reelection; Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is running for Senate; Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is running against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); Maine Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for governor; and Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who is running for lieutenant governor.
“Together, they are the O’Team,” O’Malley’s e-mail says.
O’Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith said there are no immediate plans to expand the team but said that hasn’t been ruled out.