FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Ankeny, Iowa. The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members. Some Republicans in Congress are calling for repealing the tax. Clinton says she's concerned it will shift more costs to workers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) ORG XMIT: WX101
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Ankeny, Iowa. The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members. Some Republicans in Congress are calling for repealing the tax. Clinton says she's concerned it will shift more costs to workers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) ORG XMIT: WX101 (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Buried in the latest disclosure dump of State Hillary Clinton's private emails is a fascinating back-and-forth the former Secretary of State had with Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in which the two Democrats discuss then Gov. Martin O'Malley.

In an April 2010 email, Clinton tells Mikulski that she "loved" the senator's comments at the launch of her reelection campaign and that she hoped "you've scared off all the would-be opponents."

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"How's our friend, Martin, doing?" Clinton continues in the email. "I know he has a rematch when he should be reelected by acclamation for steering the ship of state so well. Pls give him my best wishes."

O'Malley, who is now running against Clinton for the Democratic nomination, has remained mum about the Clinton e-mail scandal so far. But the nugget of praise from Clinton was apparently too good to ignore. O'Malley's campaign sent a fundraising email about the exchange Tuesday, noting he was "flattered" by Clinton's comments.

Mikulski responded by thanking Clinton for the email, and noting that "alas, my gain has given O'Malley his nemesis," meaning former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican who challenged O'Malley to a rematch for the governor's office that year.

"But Dem. Md. will be like NATO. An attack on one an attack on all," Mikulski said, noting that she was "zipping" around the state and tweeting at the time.

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