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Hogan becomes first Republican Governor Candidate since Agnew to land Baltimore Sun endorsement

October 24th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports the  Baltimore Sun's editorial board on Tuesday endorsed Gov. Larry Hogan for re-election. The paper held off on endorsing Hogan in 2014, saying at the time he had "displayed little interest in and less knowledge about" many topics in the governor's purview. The last Republican gubernatorial candidate endorsed by the paper was Spiro Agnew in 1966. However, the editorial board wrote, "many of our concerns have been allayed." The editorial board works independently of the newsroom.

"Mr. Hogan was true to his promise to steer clear of social issues like abortion and LGBT rights," they wrote. "He did not seek to weaken Maryland gun laws and even endorsed some measures to strengthen them. His administration worked closely with the General Assembly to shore up the Affordable Care Act and reform the criminal justice system."

They lauded Hogan's work on reviewing regulations and eliminating barriers for ex-offenders. But while the paper lauded Hogan's work during Baltimore's unrest and support for Baltimore's bid for Amazon's HQ2, editors expressed concerns about Hogan's view of the city, particularly in light of the Red Line's cancellation and the unsettled future of the State Center redevelopment.

The paper noted as unusual Hogan's tendency to take up politically popular causes, but said that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"We are accustomed in Maryland to governors who are the real drivers of policy, but what we have instead with Mr. Hogan is a governor who sometimes seeks to put the brakes on the legislature’s policy initiatives but otherwise focuses on the day-to-day business of running the state," the editors wrote. "Consequently, Mr. Hogan has offered little in the way of an agenda for his second term beyond offering more of the same."

The paper commended Democrat Ben Jealous' detailed policy agenda, but was uneasy about his sweeping plans to revamp Maryland's health care system, proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, and the price tag on his plans.

Earlier this month, The Washington Post also endorsed Hogan.

One Response to “Hogan becomes first Republican Governor Candidate since Agnew to land Baltimore Sun endorsement”

  1. October 24, 2018 at 2:02 pm, kevin said:

    First since Agnew. That didn’t end well did it?

    Reply

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