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O’Malley plans to address California Democrats as he weighs a White House bid


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has been booked to speak at the California Democratic Party state convention in March, an appearance that will provide additional national exposure among party activists and donors as he weighs a 2016 White House bid.

An aide said that O’Malley was invited to be part of the three-day program in Los Angeles, which features numerous California officials and a handful of out-of-state guests, including San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who is considered a rising Democratic star nationally.

The event comes as O’Malley is making preparations for a possible presidential bid. He told The Washington Post in an interview published last weekend that he is not waiting to see if Hillary Clinton run for president to start laying groundwork for his own bid.

O’Malley said he has been meeting with foreign- and domestic-policy experts privately to flesh out his thinking about “a better way forward for our country.” And he said that he would make a good president “for these times especially.”

In recent years, O’Malley has made periodic appearances at Democratic events around the country, including at a party dinner in New Hampshire, traditionally the nation’s first presidential primary state, in November.

O’Malley’s speech in California is scheduled for March 8.

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

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