Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party Responds to Governor Hogan’s Inauguration Speech

Jan 16, 2019

Annapolis, MD—This afternoon, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings responded to Governor Larry Hogan’s inauguration speech.

In his remarks this afternoon, Governor Hogan emphasized the importance of bipartisanship. Governor Hogan inviting Jeb Bush to give remarks at his inauguration, and calling Bush’s time as governor a model, should give everyone pause though. As governor, Jeb Bush undermined the lifetime possibilities for many people when he championed the Stand Your Ground law that justified the murder of Trayvon Martin, funded anti-choice groups that endanger women’s health, and ended the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, causing a double digit decline in the enrollment of black students.

Last year Governor Hogan often campaigned on a Democratic platform, at times taking credit for Democratic legislation like the education lockbox that he did not craft or support. We hope that in his final term, Hogan lives up both to the spirt and the letter of bipartisanship. It must be more than polite rhetoric. It must be dogged advocacy for policies that expand the quality of life for all Marylanders. It must be a devotion to kitchen table issues like education and health care, that middle-class families depend on.

The Democratic Party will be here to hold the Governor accountable, and with our leaders in the General Assembly and in counties across the State, continue to fight for a better quality of life for all Marylanders.