Last year, Clinton told Barbara Walters of ABC News that she will make her decision this year.
“Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do,” Clinton said. “It’s such a difficult decision, and it’s one that I’m not going to rush into.”
Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) says he’s can’t wait for Hillary Clinton to decide. O’Malley told The Washington Post that he is holding meetings with experts in domestic and foreign policy to build a possible campaign.
“I have a great deal of respect for Hillary Clinton,” O’Malley told the Post. “But for my own part, I have a responsibility to prepare and to address the things that I feel a responsibility to address. . . .To squander this important period of preparation because of horse-race concerns and handicapping concerns is just not a very productive use of energy. . . . Right now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing — the thought work and the preparation work.”
But if Clinton decides to run, O’Malley may stand down.
Last year, “Ready for Hillary” announced the formation of its national finance council. Founding members include Susie Tompkins Buell, a San Francisco-based philanthropist and entrepreneur who played a key fundraising role in Clinton’s last presidential bid, and Houston attorneys Steve and Amber Mostyn. The group raised more than $4 million in 2013 from more than 33,000 donors, according to published reports.
“There is a great deal of interest around “Ready for Hillary,” Franklin said on the conference call. “And this is a unique opportunity for us to keep (black) people energized and engaged. This is a marathon and we have to pass the baton.”
(AP Photo: In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in New Orleans.)