As he mulls his political future, O’Malley has become a regular on the Democratic speaking circuit, most often traveling to states where fellow party members are on the ballot in statewide races. He will not be delivering his standard speech Friday, aides said, in part because New Hampshire Democrats have already heard it: O’Malley was last in the Granite State in November for a Jefferson-Jackson dinner.
Aides said Friday’s return visit resulted from an invitation from Raymond Buckley, chairman of the state party in New Hampshire. Buckley was recently in Maryland, attending the Maryland Democratic Party’s annual gala, held last month in Upper Marlboro, at which New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) was the guest speaker.
Friday’s dinner commemorates Flag Day, which is actually Saturday. The topic of O’Malley’s speech is a familiar one for him, particularly with Maryland in the midst of a prolonged bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. (The Battle of Baltimore and Key’s writing of what became the national anthem did not occur until 1814.)
Next weekend, O’Malley is scheduled to attend the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame celebration on June 20 and then be a speaker at the party’s state convention the next day.
Aides say O’Malley’s travel to Iowa will be his first time in the state since 2012, when he was the keynote speaker at U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser.