O'Malley can satisfy the progressives in 2016

Who is that astride the Democratic Party's left flank? Maryland's Martin O'Malley

Progressives give former Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland a chance at the presidency ("O'Malley's legacy marked by social gains, higher taxes," Jan. 20). There's been a rallying cry in the progressive wing for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016. Her popularity is due to her effectiveness in incorporating progressive policies.

After all, Senator Warren advocated for legislation like the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Additionally, she supports lower interest rates on student loans. Vocally, she's been fighting to hold banks accountable for crashing the economy in 2008. Unlike conservatives on the left and right, she's championed legislation that encourages prosperity for the middle-class, but…

Senator Warren has said again and again that she's not running for president in 2016. No need to worry, progressives, as there are other progressives to worship, like Mr. O'Malley. His far-left liberal policies have been "extremely effective" in the state. He guided Maryland through an "economic recession" and managed to raise taxes to fund education and infrastructure. His "landmark" civil rights achievements include, legalizing gay marriage and banning capital punishment. Additionally, he supports raising the minimum wage. He supported voters when they approved gambling in the state. And he's not a war hawk!

How progressive must one be to get the attention of Democratic progressives? Let the citizenry and government behold that progressive policies work. Thanks, Mr. O'Malley for taking the lead.

Quiana Fulton, Manassas, Va.

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