O'Malley travels to the Bayou State

Not sweltering enough in Maryland? Gov. Martin O'Malley flew south this weekend to Louisiana where he is giving the keynote address at the state party's annual fundraising dinner.

It's the latest in a string of Democratic money events for O'Malley, who has tended to his national profile this summer while also reaching out to lawmakers to push a gambling expansion legislation for next week's special session.

O'Malley, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, has made trips to Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin this year. Also, he's been a regular guest on Sunday morning talk shows.

The governor will share the spotlight in Louisiana with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who has not towed the Democratic Party line quite as loyally.

O'Malley is not the only Maryland pol on the trip: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is tagging along. Her schedule includes some economic development tours and a meeting with New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Joseph Landrieu, according to her spokesman.