Martin O’Malley to Launch 2016 Bid on May 30th in Baltimore

Martin O'Malley
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Baltimore, MD

Reports indicate former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley will announce his bid for the 2016 Democrat nomination on May 30th at Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park.

O’Malley “revealed his plans on Twitter and in a Snapchat video released at noon… The short video, which didn’t have any audio, showed various scenes of downtown Baltimore, ending with a sign at Federal Hill Park.”

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With Progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren continuing to claim she’s sitting out 2016 as far as presidential politics, progressives see O’Malley as their best alternative to Hillary Clinton.

Last Thursday, O’Malley held a 13-minute call with donors, supporters and activists from the first three presidential nominating states, pointing to a May 30 announcement in Baltimore and telling them “he is inclined to run for president.” On the call were O’Malley’s political director Karine Jean-Pierre, an alum of Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and senior advisor Bill Hyers, who was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign manager. O’Malley didn’t mention Clinton by name, only saying, as he has in the past, that “history is full of times where the inevitable front-runner is inevitable until they’re no longer inevitable.”