According to activists, O’Malley will then travel to Iowa, where he has events scheduled later that day in Davenport and Des Moines. He plans to be in New Hampshire the following day, with an itinerary that includes stops in Manchester, Hanover and Gilford.
The activists spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for O’Malley’s campaign-in-waiting. Aides to O’Malley, who are relocating to new office space in Baltimore, did not return phone calls on Friday.
If O’Malley moves forward with a White House bid, he will become the third Democrat to enter the race, joining Hillary Rodham Clinton, the dominant frontrunner, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is drawing support from the party’s liberal wing. Sanders has a “hometown campaign kickoff” planned Tuesday in Burlington, Vt., where he served as mayor before being elected to Congress.
O’Malley aides have continued to be coy about his intentions, though all signs point to a White House bid, including a recent solicitation for a May 29 fundraiser that went out under an “O’Malley for President” banner. O'Malley and his finance committee are also planning a strategy session earlier that day, according to an aide.
On Friday, Daniel Goetzel, finance director for O’Malley’s political action committee, send out an e-mail solicitation saying O’Malley “is really close to a very important decision, one that will transform the 2016 political landscape.” He asked for contributions of $20.16 “to show that we're with him.”
O'Malley has also been adding in staff in both Iowa and New Hampshire, according to activists in the two states.
This weekend, O’Malley plans to travel to Ireland, where is scheduled to give a paid speech that was canceled late last month. O’Malley cut that trip short after rioting and looting broke out in Baltimore, saying he wanted to be present amid the unrest in the city he had served.