ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Martin O’Malley is on the warpath.
In a campaign season that seems like one endless political brawl, the Democratic governor of Maryland has emerged as perhaps the sharpest-tongued, most enthusiastic and aggressive advocate for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
O’Malley’s growing prominence consistently fuels speculation about the possibility of a presidential run in 2016. For now, he’s as furiously engaged in the 2012 battle as any Democratic governor, taking the fight to Mitt Romney in slashing terms.
Hours after the Obama campaign began attacking Romney last month for his connections to outsourcing, O’Malley declared in a Bloomberg TV interview that the Republican “stands up in front of factory gates and cries crocodile tears” for the American worker. On a conference call about health care, O’Malley charged that the “only health care mandate [Republicans] can embrace are transvaginal probes for women” — a reference to an anti-abortion proposal in neighboring Virginia and a slap at fellow Gov. Bob McDonnell.