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The Baltimore Sun
Martin O'Malley in search of publisher for manuscript about his Baltimore years.

Gov. Martin O'Malley completed what he called "a manuscript" about his years in Baltimore and hopes to turn it into a book.

"I'm looking for a publisher," O'Malley said Wednesday, pausing before adding with a smile: "And a good editor."

As he continues to weigh whether to launch a presidential bid for 2016, a book reflecting on his tenure would be a key step in mounting such a campaign - especially for a governor who registers low in national polls.

Maryland's two-term Democratic governor has less than a week remaining before he leaves public office for the first time since 1991. For the past year and a half, he said, he has "created more time for thought and writing."

O'Malley, 52, said he has no plans to turn his new blog, "Letters to the People of Maryland" into a book, saying its value is currently "therapeutic" to him.

"It's a good way to harvest the memory of all that we've accomplished," O'Malley said in an interview with The Sun. "I've been employed by the state as the one guy who gets to oversee the whole of government, and I feel like I have a bit of an obligation to share what I think I've learned about this corporation and this common good we hold."

O'Malley offered no other details on his manuscript about Baltimore, where he was elected to City Council in 1991 and as mayor in 1999. 

The manuscript, should it be published, would likely be interesting to fans of the hit HBO drama "The Wire," in which the fictional character Tommy Carcetti was based in part on O'Malley's rise as a young Irish-American councilman who became mayor of a predominantly African-American city.  

Show creator David Simon has described Carcetti as a composite character, and said O'Malley was only one part of many sources of inspiration. Yet for many outside Baltimore - and much to O'Malley's frustration - the show has come to be taken as a representation of the city and its leaders.

O'Malley, who launched the public relations campaign that posted "Believe" around the city, has given multi-media presentations and speeches about his time in Baltimore as he traveled to early primary states. 

The governor said he has no plans to practice law after he leaves office, and instead will travel the country giving speeches through the Washington Speakers Bureau. O'Malley said that he did not yet have a sense how many of these paid speeches he would give, and added he was also considering teaching at a university.

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