Democratic governors gather in L.A.
December 3rd, 2012
07:44 AM ET
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Democratic governors gather in L.A.

(CNN) - The nation's Democratic governors gather in Los Angeles Monday, as the Democratic Governors Association kicks off two days of annual meetings.

At the conference, the governors will elect their new leadership. And the man who's led the DGA the past two years as chairman is expected to keep a leadership position with the group that works to recruit and support Democratic candidates for governor, as well as assist Democratic incumbents up for re-election.

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley "is likely to retain a leadership post, most likely finance chairman," a Democratic source tells CNN.

DGA finance chairman is a position O'Malley held before becoming vice chairman and then chairman. The position will keep O'Malley, who may be considering a possible bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, in contact with key Democratic donors.

"He is very popular with his peers. They look to him for strong leadership," Colm O'Comartun, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, told CNN.
"It's a natural fit for him to stay."

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who was just re-elected last month to another two-year term, is expected to get the nod by his fellow governors to succeed O'Malley as DGA chairman.

While Republicans lost the race for the White House and lost seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, they did increase by one, to 30, the number of governorships they control. But with Democrats defending eight of the 11 states holding gubernatorial contests, the loses to the GOP could have been higher. North Carolina flipped to Republican control, but the Democrats won three other toss up states: New Hampshire, Montana and Washington state.

New Jersey and Virginia, both currently controlled by the GOP, hold gubernatorial contests in 2013, with 37 states up for grabs in 2014.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. ToldUso

    Did both Democratic governors show up?

    December 3, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Introduce HEALTHCARE EXCHANGES without inordinate delay because February and October are the deadlines. Good luck. Work for the people of USA not Adelson, Mitch mcConnol, nor Karl, Rush, Ann, or Koches. God bless!!!

    December 3, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Republicans do a better job as state leades hands down. They know how to handle fiscal matters. They understand that some times you have to say no to the poeple.

    December 3, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The subversives are at it again.

    December 3, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Midwestern Boy

    Maybe they can take up a collection for their Democrat pal, Governor Quinn of Illinois. Democrat Mike Madigan, along with Quinn and his gang of Chicago bosses have run Illinois into a state of financial ruin.

    December 3, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |