- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 29, 2015

There was jostling Sunday on the Democratic presidential campaign trail between a top Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter and ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley after he took a swipe at the former secretary of state, saying the presidency isn’t a “crown to be passed between two families.”

“Let’s be honest here, the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families, it is an awesome and sacred trust … to be earned,\ and exercised on behalf of the American people,” Mr. O’Malley said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Mr. O’Malley, who has laid the groundwork for a challenge from the left to Mrs. Clinton in 2016, said he would announce his decision on the race “this spring.”

A few minutes later, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a senior adviser for Hillary PAC, insisted that a Hillary Clinton presidency would not constitute a Clinton dynasty because she’s a woman. Mrs. Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, served as president from 1993 to 2001.

“Dynasties suggest generational passing down. She’s not a different generation [such as if] a father [was] handing her this,” Ms. Granholm said. “And plus, she’s a woman. Women are not seen as this dynastic creature. She’s going to be different no matter what.”

Ms. Granholm also joked that the former Maryland Democratic governor should “watch it” if he wants a spot in a Hillary Clinton cabinet.

“She [Clinton] is comfortable enough to be able to withstand a primary,” Ms. Granholm said on the same show. “And Martin O’Malley, I mean he’s a very nice guy, and, you know, I was thinking that he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration. So he’d better watch it.”

She added, “But, anyway, I think that … she would welcome [him] into the mix. And that would be healthy.”

Mr. O’Malley acknowledged that he had supported Mrs. Clinton’s presidential primary campaign in 2008 as her Maryland campaign chair, saying, “I certainly believed that for those times that she would be the best choice for us as a country.”

Asked whether he still believes that, Mr. O’Malley said, “I believe that there are new perspectives that are needed in order for us to solve the problems that we face as Americans and also the problems that we face as people on this planet. And I believe that new perspective and new leadership is needed.”

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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