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O’Malley beefs up his communications team

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks to reporters on the north lawn of the White House in 2011. (Saul Loeb — AFP/Getty Images)

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who has less than two years remaining in his term but ambitions beyond Maryland, announced Friday that he is beefing up his communications team.

Teddy Davis, who has served as press secretary to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), is joining the governor’s office as director of strategic communications, a new position.

In a news release, O’Malley’s office said that Davis, a former deputy director of political coverage at ABC News, would help the O’Malley administration “communicate about its priorities.” He is expected to start work in mid-February.

O’Malley already employs a communications director, a press secretary and a director of public affairs.

Stephen Neuman, who holds the latter title, moved to the governor’s office last month after serving as a senior adviser to O’Malley’s political action committee.

An aide said that Neuman plans to do less press work than his predecessor, Rick Abbruzzese, who left the governor’s office earlier in December to become a lobbyist.

Davis’s duties with Villaraigosa included “directing national media outreach,” according to a Web site about Davis. A biography of Davis on the site includes a snippet from the Los Angeles Times that says Villaraigosa was “storming the national stage like never before” and “becoming a fixture on Sunday morning talk shows.”

O’Malley, a former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, has become a regular on the national talk show circuit. He is considering a 2016 presidential bid.

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

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