Aug 6, 2015 8:40 AM
Steinhauser: The man trying to make sure you get to know Martin O'Malley
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – It’s job number one for Dave Hamrick
“Gov. O’Malley is not all that widely known in New Hampshire,” Hamrick told NH1 News.
The national campaign manager for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s presidential bid said “our focus is to go out and do what we have to do, which is introduce Gov. O’Malley, his record of accomplishment as a governor of Maryland, as a mayor of Baltimore, lay out his vision for rebuilding the American dream, the bold policy proposals he’s put out on a whole host of issues from reigning in Wall Street to climate change.”
Hamrick pointed out that O’Malley’s already held 16 events in all 10 New Hampshire counties, and promised that “we’re going to have the governor up here in New Hampshire on a regular basis.”
The campaign already has an office in Manchester, but he predicted that pretty soon “we’re going to be opening up other offices.”
From climate change to education to Wall Street reform, O’Malley’s been busy putting out policy proposals, which Hamrick admits is “keeping us busy.”
O’Malley, who was Baltimore mayor for eight years before serving two terms in Annapolis, is registering in single digits in the latest polling among those likely to vote in next February’s Democratic primary in the Granite State, far behind frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Asked if the O’Malley campaign’s concerned about Sander’s recent rise in the polls in the first-in-the-nation primary state, Hamrick said “we’re not really focused on what other candidates and campaigns are doing.”
“There’s certainly a history here in New Hampshire that the candidates that are surging in July or August are not necessarily the candidates surging in January or February. So we’re just doing what we need to be doing to move forward,” he added.
O’Malley appears to be more and more open to criticizing Clinton.
In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News last week, O’Malley said “Secretary Clinton and I have big disagreements when it comes to reigning in Wall Street. My plan calls for restoring robust prosecution, breaking up the mega big banks, if they’re so big they can’t fail without hurting our economy. Her plan does not do that. I’m not really sure what her plan is. Her closeness to Wall Street is well known and genuinely held. But it’s a different of opinion that she and I have. I believe the federal government should protect our common good and main street from being worked over by recklessness on Wall Street. She does not.”
Asked if we’re seeing a more aggressive candidate, Hamrick said “when there are natural contrasts or differences with the other candidates in the race, he’s not going to shy away from pointing those out, but his emphasis and his job is laying out positive vision for how we rebuild the American dream.”
As for the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden entering the race for the Democratic nomination, he said “there are so many factors in a presidential campaign that are beyond your control as a campaign, as a candidate.”
“We just can’t worry about those things,” he added.