Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley told House Democrats during a closed-door meeting that he wanted to be their second choice for president, if they would have him.
According to the Associated Press, O’Malley’s comments were heard in a hallway outside of what was supposed to be a closed-door meeting. Perhaps the doors were truly closed, but that didn’t stop the former Maryland governor’s remarks from going public.
“If I cannot be your first choice now, I would like to be your first choice later,” he reportedly said.
In other words, O’Malley — who has struggled to keep his campaign financially viable amidst dropping poll numbers and few endorsements — asked House Democrats and so-called “super delegates” to consider at a later date.
“If I could not today be their first choice,” he said of the super delegates, “I would like today to be their second choice and I look forward to their support in the future.”
O’Malley supporter Rep. Eric Swallwell (D-California) supported the candidate’s comments, saying that he “will be ready when the moment comes — a breakthrough moment. I think the work he has put in now will prepare him to be ready and not have a meteoric rise and then a meteoric fall.”
The O’Malley campaign has not yet released an official statement on the matter.
[h/t Associated Press]
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