House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn't run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O'Malley.
Clinton, a former secretary of State, first lady and senator from New York, is widely expected to vie for the presidency for a second time. After losing the nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton could potentially clear the field of prospective Democratic candidates interested in succeeding him.
O'Malley, who is in the last year of his second term in office, is among a handful of Democrats who would likely consider a bid should Clinton opt out. And Hoyer made it clear he thinks O'Malley's record would make him both a successful candidate and president.
"I think Hillary Clinton is certainly the odds on favorite of most Democrats if she runs. I don't accept as a given that she'll run," Hoyer told CQ Roll Call in Statuary Hall following the State of the Union address. "Frankly, if she doesn't run, I am going to be a big supporter of Martin O'Malley's. I think he'd be an excellent ... president."