The Washington Times - September 24, 2010, 08:04AM

While some Democratic incumbents appear to be distancing themselves from President Obama and his low job-approval rating, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is eagerly awaiting a campaign-trail visit.

“I hope he’ll come,” said Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat in a tight race against GOP candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for a second term. “I continue to ask him.”

Mr. O’Malley made his plea Thursday during a campaign stop at a diner in Silver Spring, Md., just eight miles from the White House.

“I know the president has 37 different states [with governor’s races], but I’d really like to have him,” Mr. O’Malley said moments later. “Joe Biden has been here.”