will have a speaking role at the
in Charlotte, NC next month -- another example of his burgeoning leadership role in the Democratic party.
He was one of six speakers announced early this morning by the DNC, and one of four current or former governors on the program.
It'll be the second time O'Malley has spoken to the convention. He gave a speech in 2004 that was remembered for its
. ("America the beautiful, whose alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears; oh, my friends, to govern is to choose.")
That year the
nominated Massachusetts Sen.
for president. And another young star also took the stage:
Other speakers for this year's convention announced today include: Chicago Mayor
, CA Attorney General
, CO Gov.
, former VA Gov.
, Kerry, MA Gov.
, former Ohio Gov.
They will join: Former President
and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (the keynote speaker.)
The DNC did not say when O'Malley will take the stage. The committee also promised to unveil additional speakers and details in coming days -- which may come as a relief to other rising Democratic stars who haven't made the list. Like NY Gov.