On Thursday, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley criticized Hillary Clinton for her late evolution on gay marriage and driver’s liceses for illegal immigrants.
Clinton’s team this week said she believes gay marriage is a “constitutional right” and illegal immigrants should receive driver’s licenses. When she ran for president in 2008, Clinton opposed gay marriage and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants (after much waffling).
“I’m glad Secretary Clinton’s come around to the right positions on these issues,” O’Malley reportedly said at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, according to the Guardian. “I believe that we are best as a party when we lead with our principles and not according to the polls.”
He reportedly added, “leadership is about making the right decision, and the best decision before sometimes it becomes entirely popular.”
When he was governor of Maryland, O’Malley legalized same-sex marriage and signed into law a bill granting driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. O’Malley, who has been gearing up to challenge Clinton, reportedly told the audience that he will make a final decision about challenging Clinton by May.