State trea­surer urges Ho­gan to con­tinue op­po­si­tion to Trump

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Erin Cox ecox@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Eri­natTheSun

Mary­land’s Demo­cratic trea­surer called on Repub­li­can Gov. Larry Ho­gan on Wed­nes­day to con­tinue his “open op­po­si­tion” to Don­ald Trump, whose sur­prise elec­tion last week sparked protests around the na­tion.

Trea­surer Nancy Kopp said at the Board of Pub­lic Works meet­ing that she “ap­pre­ci­ated” the way Ho­gan and Demo­cratic Comptroller Peter Fran­chot did not sup­port Trump, a Repub­li­can, dur­ing the elec­tion.

“I trust you will con­tinue to speak out if and when the new regime re­verts to the use of de­spi­ca­ble lan­guage, threats and ac­tions, and to also speak out now when this type of be­hav­ior ap­pears in our com­mu­ni­ties,” Kopp said.

Ho­gan was ab­sent from the meet­ing. He was re­placed by Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford, who said that “as far as the gov­er­nor and I are con­cerned, we are fo­cused, as we al­ways have been, on Mary­land.”

Ho­gan had pub­licly dis­avowed Trump dur­ing the elec­tion. He skipped the Repub- Kopp Ho­gan li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, then wrote in his fa­ther’s name for pres­i­dent.

The gov­er­nor is­sued a state­ment af­ter the elec­tion con­grat­u­lat­ing Trump and call­ing for unity. Ho­gan is at­tend­ing the Repub­li­can Gover­nors As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence in Colorado this week.

Kopp also de­cried some of the an­tiSemitic, racist and oth­er­wise in­tol­er­ant speech re­ported in Mary­land over the past 10 days. On Mon­day, Mary­land’s at­tor­ney gen­eral linked the in­ci­dents to the at­mos­phere cre­ated by Trump’s elec­tion.

“This is wrong,” Kopp said. “It should have no place in Mary­land. It should not be per­mit­ted in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The three-mem­ber Board of Pub­lic Works over­sees bil­lions in state spend­ing each year and is made up of the gov­er­nor, the trea­surer and the comptroller. The three fre­quently use their meet­ings as an op­por­tu­nity to com­ment on cur­rent events.

Fran­chot said “it’s time to ac­cept the out­come” of the elec­tion, but he added that Trump’s re­cent po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments give “room for pause.”

The comptroller is the latest prom­i­nent Mary­land Demo­crat to crit­i­cize specif­i­cally Trump’s ap­point­ment of Steve Ban­non to a se­nior White House job.

Op­po­nents have sharply crit­i­cized Ban­non, a Bre­it­bart News ex­ec­u­tive, for court­ing the “alt-right” and us­ing racially charged head­lines on the web­site. Among ex­am­ples cited is a head­line de­scrib­ing con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor Bill Kris­tol as a “Repub­li­can spoiler, rene­gade Jew.”

Es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans, in­clud­ing Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus, have de­fended Ban­non, say­ing he did not write those head­lines and has not ex­hib­ited in­tol­er­ant be­hav­ior. Priebus is Trump’s in­com­ing chief of staff.

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Tak­ing ad­van­tage of mild weather, a sailor on the Sev­ern River passes by the fish­ing pier at Jonas Green Park in An­napo­lis on Wed­nes­day.

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