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O'Malley Starting A PAC

July 26, 2012

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is starting a federal political action committee -- a move some might interpret as indicating O'Malley has an eye on a certain higher office.

Roll Call:

O Say Can You See PAC will help federal candidates and two state ballot initiatives in the coming months, longtime O'Malley aide Rick Abbruzzese confirmed to Roll Call today.

"It's a mechanism to help support these ballot initiatives and contribute to the national conversation," Abbruzzese said.

Starting a federal PAC is good way to tiptoe even further onto the national political landscape. O'Malley, who heads the Democratic Governors Association, has been systematically raising his profile in recent months. He's become a top surrogate for President Obama, and he's become such a prevalent Sunday show guest that one veteran producer called him "the Chris Christie of Democrats."

O'Malley and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are the two names most often mentioned as potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates. Cuomo's numbers in New York are sky high right now: He had a 73 percent approval rating according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll and has raised almost $1 million a month since he took office last year.

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