Steinhauser: More aggresssive O'Malley returns to NH
CONCORD - A seemingly more aggressive Martin O'Malley returns to New Hampshire on Tuesday.
The former two-term Maryland governor, who appears to be moving closer and closer to launching a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, kicks off a jam-packed day in the first-in-the-nation primary state by headlining the latest edition of Politics and Eggs. The lecture series and question and answer session, which is co-hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the New England Council, is a must stop for any serious White House hopeful.
Later in the day O'Malley meets with Democratic state lawmakers in Concord, does media interviews, including a one-on-one sit-down with NH1 News, and holds a business roundtable with tech industry leaders at Dynamic Network Services, a cloud-based internet performance company. The firm, known as Dyn, is becoming a favorite of potential presidential candidates. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spoke with employees at Dyn just a week and a half ago.
In the evening, O'Malley will be the main attraction at the NH Young Democrats social hour at Margarita's in Nashua. This is O'Malley's second trip to the Granite State this month.
This latest visit comes just two days after the former governor took a not so veiled swipe at former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, who's all but certain to launch a second run for the White House, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who's moving closer and closer to launching a GOP presidential campaign.
"The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families," O'Malley said Sunday in an appearance on ABC's "This Week."
O'Malley's language is a striking change from just a couple of weeks ago, during the height of media coverage of Clinton's email controversy, when he passed on criticizing her.
O'Malley was one of Clinton's biggest backers in the 2008 Democratic primary between the then-senator from New York and then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
On Sunday, when asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether he thought Clinton would stand up to Wall Street, O'Malley replied that "I don't know where she stands," adding that he didn't know if she will "represent a break with the failed policies of the past."
O'Malley will be considered a very longshot to win the nomination if he runs. He's long had a strong progressive record to tout, and now appears to be positioning himself and a liberal, younger, and more forward looking alternative to Clinton.
The former secretary of state and senator from New York and first lady, is expected to announce as early as next month a second bid for the White House. She is considered the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination. But some progressives are not big fans of Clinton, believing she's too close to Wall Street and big business, and not a true supporter of a liberal agenda.
"He is Elizabeth Warren in a boring suit...smart, perhaps too polite for the rough and tumble of the brutal presidential campaign," longtime New Hampshire based progressive activist and radio talk show host Arnie Arnesen told NH1 News.
"Elizabeth has mastered the art of shoving back. O'Malley pats you on the back and says excuse me. He is going to need to pick up his game if he is going to survive and be noticed," added Arnesen, who recently interviewed O'Malley.