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Questions Unanswered: Did Hogan Know About Nominee’s Background?

Mar 07, 2017

Hogan still won’t say whether he vetted his nominee who had troubling legal record and failed to pay taxes

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan still hasn’t answered questions on whether he knowingly pushed for a nominee who had a troubling legal record and failed to pay taxes.

Last night, “Members of the Senate Executive Nominations Committee on Monday questioned [the nominee’s] lack of experience and court record. It included a driving under the influence of alcohol charge, failure to appear in court and failure to pay taxes,” according to the AP.

Since then, Hogan has refused multiple requests for comment on the nominee’s background and whether or not the nominee was vetted.

Not only are the revelations alarming, they also expose Hogan’s grandstanding and hypocrisy on ethics.

In January, Hogan pushed to run background checks on Democratic lawmakers who were filling vacancies in the General Assembly. Even earlier this week, Hogan went on a PR push on “controversy-free state government.”

The following statement was released by Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Bryan Lesswing:

“Marylanders deserve to know whether Governor Hogan and his office knew his school board nominee had a troubling legal history and failed to pay taxes.”

“Since Governor Hogan pushed for background checks on incoming Democratic state lawmakers earlier this year, does this mean Hogan holds a different standard for his own nominees?”