Gov. Martin O'Malley will spend Martin Luther King Day on the hustings in South Carolina trying to convince GOP primary voters not to support Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Maryland's governor will appear with a South Carolina state representative at a Myrtle Beach news conference where he will will accuse Romney of "job destruction," according to a news release. O'Malley, a Democrat, is scheduled to be back in Annapolis by Tuesday, when he's set to brief fiscal leaders and some county executives on his budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
O'Malley's role as a surrogate on the presidential campaign trail is the latest way in which he is using his chairmanship of the Democratic Governors Association to burnish his national profile. Already he's crisscrossed the country for fundraising dinners and on Sunday news shows promoting a progressive agenda. He was elected to a second term leading the group in December.
Though the DGA is typically is focused on electing democratic governors, O'Malley is branching out. In October the organization opened a SuperPAC so they could put money federal races. The DGA also raises money for state races via a 527 organization -- last year they hauled in $20 million.
So far DGA money has had a bit role on the federal stage: Recent disclosures show the group spent about $7,000 running online ads against Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.