"My timeline for a while has been by the end of May and that remains my timeline. So stay tuned," is how Martin O'Malley put it to reporters last night. This morning brings the news that the Democrat plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30. The former Maryland governor will do so in Baltimore, and staging the announcement there could carry risk. O'Malley's record as Baltimore's mayor a decade ago has faced scrutiny since rioting broke out in the city following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody. O'Malley has defended his work to curb violent crime in the city and signaled it would play a leading role in his campaign if he enters the presidential race.
O'Malley remains largely unknown on the national scene but has offered glimpses of what his campaign agenda might look like, emphasizing that he would focus heavily on economic inequality, campaign finance reform, and a foreign policy focused on national security threats and creating new global alliances. In a field dominated by Hillary Clinton, the 52-year-old O'Malley has sought to present himself as a fresh face representing a new generation of leadership. "I've been struck by the number of people who say to me, repeatedly, two phrases: 'new leadership' and 'getting things done,'" O'Malley said yesterday in Manchester, NH. An unnamed aide says O'Malley will discuss his plans for the announcement in a conference call with top supporters tonight.