Although he may not have brought home the gold in Tuesday night’s first Democratic debate, Irish-American Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley certainly came up trumps for some. Unfortunately, mostly for reasons that would get him elected if this was high school and not an election for the most powerful position in the United States of America.

Yes, if former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor O’Malley was running for Homecoming King, he’d be leading the pack right now, having been unofficially elected by New York Magazine as “President of the Hot Dads.”

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BUT WILL THEY TAKE AWAY MARTIN O'MALLEY'S GUNS? pic.twitter.com/rpdhGR9xNX

— t.c. (@chillmage) October 14, 2015

Martin O'Malley more like Martin O'Daddy

— Olivia Matthews (@oliviaamatts) October 14, 2015

As the five main democratic candidates hashed it out for the first time in a lively two-hour discussion covering gun control, the war on drugs, Syria, and education, some social media users were less concerned with the issues that will affect the future of the country and more concerned with how incredibly handsome the 52-year-old father of four looked.

Posting to confirm that yes, Martin O'Malley is that hot. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/agUP8QfQbe

— Sam Panzer (@Sam_Panzer) October 14, 2015

I want to work out with O'malley 2016

— Dad/Bod 2016 (@cyancrux) October 14, 2015

O’Malley has already been lauded for his Kennedy-like charm and good looks, but during the debate Twitter exploded with a wave of Dad-love confessions. He didn’t even have to bring out his guitar!

Martin O'Malley's #DemDebate prep: JosABank tie, workout sesh and a guitar http://t.co/OtWu6gMNbU pic.twitter.com/dtmlWvYkry

— Mashable (@mashable) October 14, 2015

I may feel the Bern, but Martin O'Malley really gets me hot. Whew.

— Jessica Perry (@JessToBrazil) October 14, 2015

It must be down to his Irish roots (he can trace his family back to Mayo and Galway). Irish men are, after all, some of the best in the world.

He also has an incredibly accomplished wife, however, Baltimore City District Court Judge Katie O’Malley, to whom he’s been married for longer than I’ve been on this Earth. Still, we look forward to seeing more of O’Malley as the campaign progresses.

um yes O'Malley you have definitely spoken to people under 30 #DemDebate http://t.co/8onIjkSFco

— DWB (@dwbronner) October 14, 2015

MARTIN O'MALLEY IS SO HOT OH MY GOD

— Monica Patel (@monicapatel917) October 14, 2015

Martin O'Malley is kind of hot...but that won't get him elected. #CNNDebate

— Ainsley Miller (@AinzTho) October 14, 2015

H/T: NYMag.com

The former Mayor of Baltimore wins a wave of new female fans as the “President of Hot Dads.”Getty Images