Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who continues to weigh a 2016 presidential bid, is booked Thursday to deliver a speech in Chicago on “progressive politics in a post-Obama world.”
O’Malley (D), whose tenure as governor ends in about two weeks, is scheduled to appear as part of a speaker’s series sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
“Are O’Malley’s progressive politics a road map for the Democratic Party in a post-Obama world?” the institute asks in a blurb promoting the speech. O’Malley, it says, will “explore the state of the Democratic Party, the future of the progressive movement as the 2016 presidential cycle begins and his accomplishments as a two-term governor.”
O’Malley is expected to announce this spring whether he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, a race that would likely pit him against Hillary Rodham Clinton in a bid to succeed President Obama. Many analysts expect O’Malley to try to run to Clinton’s left if he gets in the race.
During his eight-year tenure as governor, O’Malley has championed numerous progressive causes, including the legalization of same-sex marriage, repeal of the death penalty, sweeping gun-control measures and several steps to expand immigrant rights.
While in Chicago, O’Malley is scheduled to speak Friday at the 2015 annual meetings of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Society of Jewish Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.