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O'Malley Named Chairman Of Democratic Governors Association

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Governor Martin O'Malley is in the national spotlight.  Wednesday, he was named chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. 

Adam May reports on O'Malley's rising influence.

This chairmanship increases Governor O'Malley's national exposure.  In fact, he was introduced as a crown jewel of the Democratic party.  He was elected the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, which means he will have more influence shaping the party's platform and election strategy.

"These are the times when some states will win and some states will lose," he said.  "We never retreated from setting goals for improving education and public safety and we never backed down from our duty to be fiscally responsible."

O'Malley's rising national status fuels speculation about his future.

"He might be in line possibly for a vice presidential nomination," said Matt Crenson, political analyst.

But O'Malley says he's taken the position to help his party, not himself.

"I mean, let's face it, it's more convenient for me to be chair of the DGA than it is for other colleagues who have to travel all the way across the country to come to D.C.," O'Malley said.

The Democratic Governors Association will have their annual meeting in Feburary.  During that time, he is expected to meet with President Barack Obama.

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