MARYLAND — Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox held a press conference outside of the Montgomery County Circuit Court following his refusal yesterday to commit to accepting the results of this year’s election if the legal system permits the state to process ballots prior to Election Day, which he dismissed as “conjecture and projection.”
Cox “didn’t answer many” questions, ducking when asked about his repeated false claims that fraud skewed the results of the 2020 presidential race, which he reasserted as recently as this July. However, Cox’s team did manage to unveil a new conspiracy theory after he showed up late to court, asserting that Democrats in the legislature intentionally sought a legal fight over ballot counting. Cox’s lawyers claimed Democrats could have called a special session to override Gov. Hogan’s veto of their legislative fix and cited that as evidence of bad faith maneuvering. Cox’s conspiracy theory, not surprisingly, proved to be baseless.
Again asked directly if he would accept the results of the election, Cox responded “The answer to that question is very clear: Will the process now follow the constitutional approach to allow for confidence in that election?” Pressed for a response addressing his intentions, Cox answered he was “not gonna speculate” about what he would do.
“Dan Cox is playing games with the rights of Maryland voters, arguing that the state’s elections are only legitimate if they play out exactly according to his preferences,” said Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Ernest Bailey. “Just as Donald Trump telegraphed his intention not to accept an unfavorable election result for months ahead of the 2016 and 2020 elections, Cox has clearly signaled that he will not respect the will of the people if it does not serve his interests. His behavior is not just irresponsible– it is dangerous, as he should have learned on his January 6th expedition, and it is un-American.”