Another stop has been added to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s busy fall political schedule: the picturesque mountains of Asheville, N.C.
O’Malley, who is gearing up for a potential 2016 White House bid, has been booked as the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual Western Gala.
O’Malley should have plenty to talk about in North Carolina. Republicans currently control both the governorship and both chambers of the legislature, and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is locked in a tough fight for reelection this year.
Politics aside, O’Malley couldn’t be visiting Asheville at a better time. The North Carolina party describes its event this way: “Each year, the Western Gala welcomes Democrats from across the state to the Appalachian Mountains as the fall foliage is reaching its peak.”
O’Malley, whose tenure as governor ends in January, has said he is preparing for a presidential run regardless of whether Hillary Rodham Clinton appears likely to enter the race. Aides insist that O’Malley has not made a final decision about running, however.