On Tuesday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan supported state House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga in her underdog Senate race against U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
“She’s a difficult cookie.” She’s a savage combatant. Hogan (R) described her as an entrepreneur. “She is aware of the concerns of ordinary Marylanders, and I am certain that she will be an excellent U.S. senator.” I feel she has a good chance of winning this race. I feel she deserves to win this race, and I believe she will.”
Szeliga (R) stated she supports Hogan’s “values, beliefs, and budgetary views” and wants to employ them in Congress.
In the same way that Hogan did in 2014 when he achieved a surprise victory, the Baltimore County legislator is casting herself as an outsider.
She’s betting that the governor’s endorsement would help her gain votes in Maryland, a reliably blue state, and counterbalance Van Hollen’s (D-Md.) party edge, abundant campaign funds, lengthier political résumé, and significantly larger name recognition. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Michigan) is retiring, and Szeliga and Van Hollen are running for her seat.
Hogan’s support came after a roundtable conversation he and Szeliga held with a group of veterans outside a bustling Annapolis restaurant. Some people related their experiences with health care, drug treatment, and other assistance that they required after returning from deployment.
The governor introduced a new initiative on Tuesday that will provide permanent automobile registrations to 5,200 handicapped veterans, removing the need for them to renew their paperwork.
Hogan and Szeliga have expressed opposing positions on the 2016 presidential election, with Hogan saying he would not vote for Republican contender Donald Trump and Szeliga saying he will.
However, both Maryland legislators are boycotting the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which is now happening.
“I wish I could go there all of the time,” Szeliga said Tuesday, “but I know my responsibility as the next United States senator is to meet with, listen to, and hear from Marylanders.”
“There are a lot more Marylanders here for her to talk to than there are in Cleveland,” Hogan remarked.
Asked what he thought of a Monday night address at the convention by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who slammed Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for her prosecution of six cops in the murder of Freddie Gray, Hogan said he has not paid attention to the party meeting thus far.
He said, “I didn’t watch any of the conferences at all.”
Szeliga was asked if she agreed with Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, who said that expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be imprisoned.
Szeliga said, “Of course not.” “Throughout my five years in Annapolis, I have been an independent thinker and voice. I’m aware that our Maryland residents are seeking a free thinker.”
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