Presidential Wannabes Getting the Band Together?
'It could be massive,' Huckabee says of musical endeavor with O'Malley
Coming soon, a new supergroup: The Almost-Presidents of the United States of America? Maybe, if former Govs. Martin O’Malley and Mike Huckabee, both accomplished troubadours, are serious.
“We were talking on the walk over here … about tunes we could probably do together — so we’re working on that,” O’Malley told ABC News on his way to an event in Washington to tout the new season of “Turn,” AMC’s series about Revolutionary War-era espionage.
O’Malley, a Democrat from Maryland, and Huckabee, a Republican from Arkansas, dropped out of the presidential race after disappointing finishes in Iowa in February. They have both fronted bands for years — O’Malley for O’Malley’s March and Huckabee for Capitol Offensive — and both have made their music part of their political personas.
Huckabee, known for his wit as much for his evangelical conservatism, joked that their calendars were certainly open to it.
“It could be massive, we could sell tickets to that, and we’re both looking for something to do, right?” he told ABC.
If so, perhaps they could open for Joe Scarborough’s band Morning Joe Music. The co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” fronts the house band at New York’s Prohibition bar on Thursday nights, according to the New York Daily News .
Scarborough, the former Republican House member from Florida, fronted his first band at age 14 — The Establishment, a nod to the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K,” according to the Daily News, but his biggest influence remains Paul McCartney.
They all could certainly find some backup in Congress — Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., can summon a spot-on Paul Simon when needed, as Roll Call found out recently in a visit to his House office .
And background vocals from the Singing Senators — all three of these guys have time on their hands .