"Governor O'Malley has gotten results in the toughest of times and as a result of his leadership, Maryland ranks No. 1 in public schools, No. 1 in holding down the cost of college tuition, No. 1 in its region for recovering jobs after the national recession, and No. 1 in innovation and entrepreneurship," said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat who is considering a run against South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014 and who invited O'Malley to speak.