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Email Leak: Martin O’Malley Tells John Podesta He’s Broke, Looking For Job

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Former Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley told top Clinton adviser John Podesta he was broke and looking for a job earlier this year, according to an email released on WikiLeaks Monday.

Podesta reached out to the former 2016 presidential hopeful shortly after he announced he was dropping out the primary, and attempted to secure his endorsement for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Want to know how you are doing and interested to get your observations and advice. We would, of course, love to get your support,” Podesta wrote.

While O’Malley did not immediately agree to throw his support behind the candidate, waiting until June to formally endorse the former secretary of state, he did offer up information on his less than optimal financial situation.

“Thanks for reaching out. I’m good. No money, but no real debt. Good to be home again actually. I’m now looking for work,” he wrote in the email sent in February.

O’Malley went on to give Podesta the observations he requested

“As far as observations — when you think your country no longer works for you and your family, voting becomes solely an act of protest. Most Americans feel their own politicians have rigged the economic opportunity game against them,” he said. “But you know all of that. HRC kindly called me a while back, very nice of her. Good luck to you both.”

The lack of debt is a major improvement from his 2015 personal financial situation, when he was hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hole. After he left office, the former governor and his wife had nearly no savings and took out $339,200 in student loans for their to kids an a mortgage on their $549,000 Baltimore home, The Washington Post reports.

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