O'Malley to speak at Democratic Convention

Gov. Martin O'Malley will have a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC next month -- another example of his burgeoning leadership role in the Democratic party. 

He was one of six speakers announced early this morning by the DNC, and one of four current or former governors on the program.

It'll be the second time O'Malley has spoken to the convention. He gave a speech in 2004 that was remembered for its over-the-top rhetoric. ("America the beautiful, whose alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears; oh, my friends, to govern is to choose.")

That year the Democrats nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for president. And another young star also took the stage: Barack Obama.

Other speakers for this year's convention announced today include: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CA Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, CO Gov. John Hickenlooper, former VA Gov. Tim Kaine, Kerry, MA Gov. Deval Patrick, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

They will join: Former President Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (the keynote speaker.)

The DNC did not say when O'Malley will take the stage. The committee also promised to unveil additional speakers and details in coming days -- which may come as a relief to other rising Democratic stars who haven't made the list. Like NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.