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Gov. O’Malley supporting his brother to chair party

ANNAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says Gov. Martin O’Malley is supporting his brother and political confidant Peter O’Malley to be the next chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Brown said Thursday he expects Peter O’Malley will be the next chairman.

The current chair, Susan Turnbull, is stepping down March 5, when a new chair will be chosen.

Peter O’Malley, the governor’s younger brother, has been a relied-upon fixture in the governor’s political campaigns for years.