Illustration: Mark Marturello/The Des Moines Register
BORN: January 18, 1963 in Washington, D.C.
What he’s got: Executive experience as a two-term mayor of Baltimore and two-term governor of Maryland; an extensive, largely consistent liberal record on issues that matter to the Democratic nominating electorate, from gay marriage and immigration to gun control, capital punishment, and the minimum wage; plausible breakout potential in Iowa (where he has spent a ton of time, starting in 1984 as a door-knocker for Gary Hart); a keen understanding of both the tactics and strategies of winning campaigns; a fresh, dauntingly handsome face, boyish charm, and energy to burn.
What he lacks: Even minimal name recognition, let alone an avid following, outside the Old Line State; national security credentials; a shred of evidence that his efforts to court his party’s Elizabeth Warren wing are paying off; an economic message clearly distinct from that of Hillary Clinton—or as clearly distinctive as that of Bernie Sanders; the focus to shine reliably on the stump.
We Have to Do a Better Job of Policing
O’Malley explains how a desire for justice inspired him to go into politics.
“Candidates at various levels, whether mayor or governor or president, have begun races at 1 or 2 percent.”
“I probably wouldn't be able to play music in bars. But I hope I never stop playing music.’
“I ran for mayor because our city [Baltimore] was hurting ... we were burying more and more young men by violent death.”
“They are unheard, they are told they are unneeded by this economy, and that extreme poverty breeds conditions for extreme violence.”
Catherine "Katie" O’Malley
Baltimore district court judge.
Grace O’Malley, Daughter
Tara O’Malley, Daughter
William O’Malley, Son
Jack O’Malley, Son
Thomas O’Malley, Father
Barbara O’Malley, Mother