O'Malley headed to Copenhagen

April 09, 2013|By Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley will head to Denmark Wednesday night to be a on panel about "progressive governance," one of the governor's favorite topics.

O'Malley will be appearing Friday in Copenhagen alongside Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the leader of the Dutch and United Kingdom labour parties, leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party Labour Party and the founder of the Policy Network, which is organizing the event.

O'Malley this week has several times referred to himself as a "performance-driven progressive," and in a speech last month to South Carolina Democrat positioned himself as pragmatist. 

Maryland Republicans have accused the governor of pursuing a liberal agenda in order to build a resume for a potential presidential run in 2016. This year, the governor proposed and the General Assembly passed repeal of the death penalty, tough new gun laws and subsidies for off-shore wind. 

O'Malley has publicly demurred when asked about his presidential ambitions.

Also appearing at the Copenhagan event is former O'Malley aide and current director of the Democratic Governors Association, Colm O’Comartun.

The Denmark trip is one of two international journeys the governor has planned for April.  Later this month, O'Malley will travel to Israel and other mid-east countries on a trip rescheduled from the fall.

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