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Martin O’Malley weighing run for DNC chair

Former Maryland Gov. and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said Friday he’s taking a “hard look” at running for Democratic National Committee chairman.

In a statement, Mr. O’Malley said he’s been recruited by others in the party who believe he should seek the job.

“Since the election, I have been approached by many Democrats who believe our party needs new leadership,” the former governor said. “I’m taking a hard look at DNC chair because I know how badly we need to reform our nominating process, articulate a bold progressive vision, recommit ourselves to higher wages and a stronger middle class, and return to our roots as a nationwide, grass-roots party.”

Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean — who already served one tour as DNC chairman — also are running for the job. Many leading progressives, such as Sen. Bernard Sanders, have begun to rally around Mr. Ellison.

The next chair will replace the embattled interim leader Donna Brazile, under fire for leaking CNN town hall questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of the event and failing to fully mobilize the Democratic Party’s ground game in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Ms. Brazile replaced former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was ousted on the eve of the Democratic convention in July after hacked emails showed her and other DNC leaders working against Mr. Sanders and for Mrs. Clinton during the party primary.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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