O'Malley to co-chair convention rules committee

Gov. Martin O'Malley will serve as co-chair of the Democratic convention's rules committee this year, a high-profile position that comes amid rampant speculation in party circles about his potential as a presidential candidate in 2016.

The assignment, which the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday, will put O'Malley at the head of a committee that oversees not only logistical issues for the party's convention in Charlotte but that would also decide any internal delegation disputes that arise.

O'Malley will co-chair the committee with California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

As head of the Democratic Governors Association, O'Malley has significantly amped up his presence in Washington and early voting states in recent months, and is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for 2016 in speculative news coverage along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

What remains unclear: What sort of speaking role O'Malley will have at the convention.

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