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Hogan For Governor Announces Democratic Endorsements

The Hogan for Governor campaign today released the following statements from prominent Maryland Democratic leaders endorsing Governor Hogan’s re-election. Governor Hogan has a proven track record of working with Maryland Democratic leaders to implement the solutions to the problems Marylanders care about the most. These endorsements reflect the governor’s bipartisan leadership, and his record support from both Democrats and independents:

Former Lt. Governor Mickey Steinberg: ”As a Democrat, former State Senator, and Lt. Governor, I strongly support Governor Hogan for a second term. He’s made tremendous progress on the issues that I care about, and which benefit the State of Maryland. He worked with the legislature to save our health care system, provided funding for our schools, and he has made Maryland an environmental leader including helping make the Chesapeake Bay the healthiest in a generation. On the other hand, his opponent, Ben Jealous’ radical and irresponsible proposals would destroy our economy, and damage our past progress, and stifle future progress. Governor Hogan has developed a real record of accomplishment benefiting the state of Maryland which every Marylander, regardless of party affiliation, should admire. He deserves our strong support to elect him to a second term.”

Former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Clay Mitchell Jr.: “Governor Hogan has worked across the aisle to tackle the big issues facing Maryland. He is a refreshing break from the partisanship and dysfunction of Washington, D.C. America needs more leaders like Larry Hogan and Marylanders from all walks of life should be eager to keep him in the governor’s office for another four years.”

Former Maryland Democratic Chairman Nathan Landow: “It is imperative that Democratic voters who value moderation, fiscal responsibility and functional government support Governor Larry Hogan in the general election. His record of sensible, bipartisan reform and his genuine decency is the antidote for what ails our politics today. He stands in stark contrast to the irresponsible and extreme ideas of Ben Jealous.”

Former Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and Officer of the Executive Committee Scott Pastrick: “I’m pleased to enthusiastically support Governor Hogan’s reelection because he has provided the sort of independent leadership that is so lacking in politics today. By working across the aisle to record fund our schools, save our health care system, and protect our environment, he has shown how government is supposed to work. It would be a mistake to trade that progress at a time Maryland is on the right path towards continued growth and economic vitality. Governor Hogan’s quest to bring good government that brings civility and cooperation is a model for the Country and Marylanders should be proud.”

Former House Deputy Majority Whip Bill Cox: “Larry Hogan has provided the type of commonsense, bipartisan leadership that makes Marylanders of all political stripes proud. He puts people over party and always does what he thinks is right regardless of politics. Ben Jealous is too divisive and his policies are too extreme for Maryland. We should stick with what has worked and reelect Gov. Hogan.”

Chairman of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition and Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian: “The Chesapeake Bay is central to what makes Maryland the great state it is. With Governor Hogan, we have a leader who has invested billions in Chesapeake Bay restoration programs, resulting in the Bay receiving its highest water quality rating in 33 years. While many can talk about what they’d do for our state, Governor Hogan is the only one in this race who has acted to preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s environment.”

Retired Federal Judge Alexander Williams Jr.: “We need more bipartisanship, cooperation, and compromise not less, and Governor Hogan is the only person in this race who has a long and proven record of being dedicated to those ideals. From his initial comments, it appears that Mr. Jealous is moving toward partisan politics and divisiveness.”

Former Baltimore City Councilwoman Rikki Spector: “Governor Larry Hogan’s has been a friend to Israel and the Maryland Jewish community, including standing against the BDS movement, and his bipartisan leadership has been instrumental in the progress Baltimore City has made these last four years. Our state cannot afford to turn back now, and experiment with the risky, radical policies of Ben Jealous.”

Former Delegate and Chairman of the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee John Wood Jr.: “In Governor Hogan, Maryland has a rare leader who does what is right regardless of politics. We need more of that not only here in our state, but all across America. Unfortunately, Ben Jealous offers more of the same partisan fighting and division that makes voters so frustrated with our political system.”