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WashPost: Martin O'Malley Could Succeed Wasserman Schulz at DNC

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 06:41 PM

Reports circulated Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that former 2016 candidate and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley could be a candidate to succeed the embattled Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the party's national committee.

"I think there’s a general interest in seeing him succeed Wasserman Schultz," Maryland State Delegate C. William Frick told The Washington Post. "He ran against Hillary Clinton, so he can’t be accused of being in her camp.

"After this weekend, no one wants someone who is hyperpartisan," he said.

Cheryl Everman, a Clinton supporter from the state in Philadelphia, told the Post that she and other state delegation members felt that O’Malley would be more than qualified to take over the Democratic National Committee.

"It’s because of his experience," Everman said. "He was head of the Democratic Governors Association, he has a 50-state network and a progressive record.

"He also has that understanding of the common man that we need."

O'Malley, who will be speaking at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, told the Post that he would "gladly" serve as chairman if Clinton asked.

However, "it’s really up to her," he said. "It’s her prerogative."

Wasserman Schulz said Monday that she would step down as committee chair after this week's convention.

The DNC has faced several high-profile debacles on her watch, most recently last week's leak of private emails suggesting that committee officials favored presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary campaign.

Wasserman Schultz, 49, is a seven-term Florida representative who is seeking re-election in November.

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Reports circulated Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that former 2016 candidate and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley could be a candidate to succeed the embattled Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the party's national committee.
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