- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who briefly challenged Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, will teach a course in political leadership this fall at his home state’s flagship university.

“The three-credit course, PLCY359M: Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation; Leadership in the Information Age, will meet on Thursdays from 4:15-6:45 p.m. and is available to all undergraduate students,” reported The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student newspaper.

Thus far, all 30 slots for the course have been filled but campus administrators are considering expanding the class size to accommodate more students, The Diamondback reported.

Mr. O’Malley served two terms as governor in the deeply blue Old Line State, but saw his popularity suffer in the waning days of his administration, just as his protege was running to replace him. Just weeks before the 2014 gubernatorial election, the Washington Post reported Mr. O’Malley enjoyed an approval rating of just 41 percent, with voters expressing frustration over taxes. 

Mr. O’Malley’s number two, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, went on to lose the governor’s race in a stunning upset to Republican businessman Larry Hogan. Mr. Hogan remains broadly popular, with one recent poll ranking him the second-most popular state executive in the nation with 73 percent of Marylanders approving of his job. A Washington Post poll last month that used a more traditional telephone-based survey method reported a 65 percent approval rating.

Last month, Politico reported that Mr. O’Malley was exploring the idea of running for president again in the 2020 cycle, commissioning a poll in early caucus state Iowa to get the temperature of the Democratic primary electorate. Among the nine names given to poll respondents, Mr. O’Malley garnered just 18 percent support, while 32 percent said they were “not sure,” Politico said.

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