Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governor Association, speaks to the press about the efforts of Democratic governors to create opportunity during challenging economic times at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governor Association, speaks to the press about the efforts of Democratic governors to create opportunity during challenging economic times at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)