Ready for a "Ready for Martin" movement?
This isn't quite that, but a California congressman has taken on a leadership role with the budding political organization of Maryland Gov.
"For a freshman in the minority right now, it's not a lot of fun being under this right-wing Republican
O'Malley and his political action committee have donated or raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democratic House and Senate candidates this cycle. The two-term governor, who leaves office early next year, has also become a regular headliner for state Democratic party events -- including the California Democratic convention in June.
House Minority Leader
Swalwell kicked off his role as chairman of the O'Malley PAC's Young Professionals Leadership Council at a fund-raising reception Tuesday in Washington. Several of his Democratic colleagues were among the nearly 300 in attendance.
The 33-year-old congressman, who won election in 2012 by unseating veteran Rep. Pete Stark, has known O'Malley for more than a decade. They met when Swalwell was a student at the
O'Malley has a "results-oriented, data-driven approach" to governing that will appeal to younger voters, Swalwell said.
"Raising the minimum wage in Maryland, passing the
O'Malley, he said, believes "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line -- not a partisan one; it's a collaborative one."
A number of Democratic lawmakers have signed on to support Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that is laying the groundwork to support a presidential bid by the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state.
But Swalwell stressed that his involvement with O'Malley's PAC was not an indication of whom he might back in a fight for the presidential nomination. His focus was on serving his constituents and winning elections this November, he said, adding that he had reached out to Clinton to invite her to join him for similar discussions with young professionals.
"I'm ready for the majority -- that's what I'm ready for," he said. "And I think they're both committed to getting us there."