BRIGANTINE – Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was in town Friday for an an Atlantic County Democrats fundraiser where he talked about the party's national progress since the 2016 elections and mulled another run for president.
O’Malley, who finished 3rd behind Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Primary and is the former governor of Maryland, said the road for Democrats to retake the House of Representatives and Senate begins in the 2018 elections, and that the party must stick to the main policy issues that create jobs and help working class people.
“It’s all about jobs and economic opportunity,” he said. “The promise of our country is that if you work hard, you’re able to get ahead. Too many of our fellow citizens felt that no one was listening in Washington. They wanted to break the table of democracy so they grabbed the sludge hammer called Trump and broke it. But now she’s ours to fix.”
O’Malley said he believes Democrats will come back strong in the 2018 midterm elections because they are focusing more on issues like the minimum wage, college affordability, and infrastructure and transit spending.
He also said he believes that gubernatorial Democratic nominee Phil Murphy is a perfect fit for New Jersey, and that Murphy is a good example of what Democrats need to emulate on the national stage.
“He is speaking to exactly the kind of things that people expect out of their elected officials,” O’Malley said. “I think you’re going to see a very strong message coming out of New Jersey.”
O’Malley also said on Friday that he is mulling another run for president, but that he is focusing on getting Democrats elected in New Jersey and Virginia in 2017 and nationally in 2018.
“All of us have a responsibility of helping in the midterms,” he said. “I like focusing my attention on the local districts because our congressional districts have been carved up so much by gerrymandering. The key to fixing that is by electing more local officials and governors.”