Martin O’Malley holding fundraiser in RI next month

Democratic presidential hopeful former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in New Castle, N.H., on June 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Hillary Clinton isn’t the only Democratic presidential candidate raising campaign cash in Rhode Island these days.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will visit the state on the evening of Tuesday, July 7, for a “cookout” fundraiser at the Jamestown home of former Princeton Review CEO Michael Perik and his wife, Liz, according to an invitation obtained by WPRI.com.

O’Malley is waging an uphill battle against Clinton, the frontrunner for the party nomination in every public poll. The former first lady visited Rhode Island herself earlier this month for a fundraiser at the East Greenwich home of longtime Clinton ally Mark Weiner.

Clinton defeated Barack Obama in Rhode Island’s 2008 presidential primary and has strong support among party leaders in the state including Gov. Gina Raimondo – even though Raimondo has hired a number of former O’Malley aides to staff her administration, including chief of staff Stephen Neuman, deputy chief of staff Eric Beane and R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen.

By visiting Rhode Island, Clinton and O’Malley are both raising money on the hometown turf of their erstwhile rival, former Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who threw his own hat into the presidential ring this month. A spokeswoman for Chafee, who’s done little to no fundraising so far, did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

A fourth Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, also has supporters in Rhode Island. They’re gathering for a meeting this Saturday afternoon at the Warwick Public Library.

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He hosts Executive Suite and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi

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