O’Malley moving political staff into South Carolina
August 26th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
2 months ago

O’Malley moving political staff into South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - As he builds support for a possible Democratic presidential bid, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is dispatching political staffers to work on two key races in South Carolina this fall, sources familiar with the moves told CNN.

The Washington Post reported Monday that O’Malley was sending “more than two dozen” staffers from his political action committee, O’Say Can You See PAC, into Iowa and New Hampshire to assist midterm candidates this year. Those states kick off the presidential nomination process, followed by South Carolina, the first southern primary.

The four O’Malley aides heading to South Carolina will work on the gubernatorial campaign of Vincent Sheheen and the lieutenant governor campaign of Bakari Sellers. Sheheen is mounting a repeat bid against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Sellers, a state legislator, is considered a rising African-American star in the party.

O’Malley has already raised money for both Democrats, making him the only potential presidential contender to assist their campaigns, collecting valuable on-the-ground political intelligence in the process.

The “Ready for Hillary” super PAC also boasts of field staff doing spadework in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, along with other states, but Hillary Clinton herself has yet to campaign for midterm candidates this cycle. She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, will make their first foray into Iowa next month for Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry next month.


Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Martin O'Malley • South Carolina
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Redme

    The do nothing blue dog dem party of no has not got any good solutions . Just more unfunded wars and handouts and are very anti woman they just want to make you all poor and beat you to your black and blue until your a gay strait dem and lacking 3 french fries having a happy meal kicking a can down the road with a sad look on your face and all broke down and chapped up and sick .

    August 26, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama

    I know you like this guy and all, but hey ... would you try and get him to change the name of his super PAC?

    "O’Say Can You See" just isn't doing it for me.

    August 26, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. rick

    Got to shoehorn hillary in there somewhere. Guess the Carolinas dont have enough money to got there for her. But she will heavy campaign in the United States.. All 13 of them..!

    August 26, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    'Cause he's got HIIIIIGH hopes! He's got HIIIIIIGH hopes!.....
    Lol!

    August 26, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Why do I keep getting the feeling that Democrats are going to pull a Statue of Liberty play when it comes to selecting a nominee for 2016? I really do not think that the nominee will be Hillary. She missed her best opportunity in 2008.

    August 26, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. rattandave

    While O'Malley was governor of Maryland they put in place a "RAIN TAX"!!! What's next a "SUN TAX"?

    August 26, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Redme

    The do nothing blue dog dem party of no has not got any good solutions . Just more unfunded wars and handouts and are very anti woman they just want to make you all poor and beat you to your black and blue until your a gay strait dem and lacking 3 french fries having a happy meal kicking a can down the road with a sad look on your face and all broke down and chapped up and sick .
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    Here we go again, folks, with the "3 French fries short of happy meal" joke, again. Hmm.

    August 26, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Another one positioning for a VP nod.

    August 26, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. reality check please!

    Sounds like someone has it for the gays, exit closet already. Yup, them meddling Democrats, trust me, your a little confused pal, unless you have examples of the Democrats calling for war, or eliminating a woman's right to an abortion, and access to birth control. And how nice of you to make that decision for them, they can't control their bodily desires, how could they possibly think they could make a rational decision there .

    August 26, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama

    I know you like this guy and all, but hey ... would you try and get him to change the name of his super PAC?

    "O’Say Can You See" just isn't doing it for me
    -----------------------------------------------------
    LOL!
    I gotta tell you as much as I enjoy this site I'm really pretty a poltical.
    I don't like our POTUS getting stomped on when he's been doing a helluva job with the crap he inherited, so I'll speak up about that.
    I don't like these Teahadist Republikkklans tearing up my country (our), crapping on the middle class and scaring the beejesus out of folks, so I'll talk about that.
    Don't like liars and haters so...well you get it.
    My point is that O'Malley is alright. But I must tell you babe, that little half-step misstep with those immigrant kids not being housed in Maryland....that didn't sit too well with me.
    Your point is well taken though.
    Wonder what he was thinking...or smoking?!

    August 26, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |