October 13, 2017
Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, called on Governor Larry Hogan to denounce a prominent Maryland Republican's Trump-like personal attack against newly-announced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.
According to a Washington Post report, prominent Maryland Republican and former U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga “wrote on her Facebook page: 'Elijah Cumming’s wife running for MD gov. – she likes fancy words – ‘minutiae’ to let us know how smart she is […]”
Hogan endorsed Szeliga's U.S. Senate run last year, claiming that Szeliga “understands the issues of everyday Marylanders” and added “I believe she will make an outstanding U.S. senator.” Szeliga said that she “shared” Hogan's values.
“These kind of personal attacks are exactly the type of divisive tactics that we see from Donald Trump's playbook, and Governor Larry Hogan needs to immediately denounce his fellow Maryland Republican,” said Vice President of Campaigns at EMILY's List Lucinda Guinn. “Standing by and doing nothing is unacceptable.”
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