ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is planning trips to Florida, Ohio and Texas next month to boost Democratic candidates.
Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O’Malley’s political action committee, said Thursday that O’Malley’s primary focus will be on electing more Democratic governors. She says October will kick off an aggressive campaign schedule to do that.
O’Malley is scheduled to travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to campaign around the Florida governor’s race on Oct. 8.
The next day he is headed to Cleveland for a fundraiser and public event with Ed Fitzgerald, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio next year.
On Oct. 26, O’Malley is scheduled to travel to Texas to be a keynote speaker at the Johnson Rayburn Richards dinner in Houston.
Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning his own trip to Maryland to tout his state for having lower taxes.
Perry’s office announced Thursday he is scheduled to travel to Maryland next week. The Republican has launched radio ads and television ads in Maryland.
Perry’s office says the nearly $500,000 in TV and radio buys, as well as the governor’s trip, are paid for by a public-private partnership focusing on marketing Texas as a business destination.
O’Malley dismissed the ads on Wednesday as a “tired old PR gimmick.” O’Malley’s office also released a statement highlighting a top ranking for Maryland schools in an education publication for five years and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce naming Maryland the best state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship.
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