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O’Malley says it ‘probably is time’ for the Washington Redskins to get a new name

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

Count Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley among the politicians who would like to see the Washington Redskins get a new name.

O’Malley (D) — who presides in the state where the Redskins’ home games are played — voiced support for a name change Monday during an appearance on the Fusion television network.

“We hope that in every generation we become more understanding of one another, more inclusive as a people, and more respectful of the dignity of every individual and every culture, so I think it probably is time for the Redskins to change their name,” O’Malley told host Jorge Ramos while a guest on his show “America.”

Aides said Tuesday that they could not immediately recall O’Malley talking about the subject publicly before.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said he has no intention of changing the team’s name despite calls to do so by a growing number of Democratic politicians, including President Obama, and civil rights organizations.

Earlier this year, the Democrats seeking to succeed O’Malley in Maryland all voiced support for a new name. O’Malley, who is weighing a 2016 White House bid, is term-limited and will step down in January.

The Redskins home games are played at FedEx Field in Landover.

The Fusion network, which launched last year, is a a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group and Univision Communications.

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

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