Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley cancelled trip, returns to Baltimore

Former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential contender, Martin O’Malley cancelled his paid speaking engagements in Ireland to return to his hometown of Baltimore.

Baltimore is in the midst of turmoil following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

“Whenever, whether it is a police custodial death or a police involved shooting, we all have a responsibility to ask whether there are things we can do that would prevent such a loss of life from happening in the future,” O’Malley said this weekend prior to the riots that shook Baltimore on Monday.

O’Malley became Mayor of Baltimore in 1999 and served until 2007, when he became Governor of Maryland, a post he held until this year when he lost a re-election bid to Larry Hogan.

He has been putting out feelers for a possible presidential run for months to important names in Iowa and New Hampshire, donating staff and money to politicians in those key states.

O’Malley is expected to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination sometime in May.

Over the past few months, he has often championed his record while Mayor of Baltimore as evidence of his leadership credentials. He claims that Baltimore became a safer city under his leadership and that he “set out to make our city work again, to make the dream true again.”

He tweeted the following two tweets yesterday during the violence in his home-city.

[CNN][The Guardian]