Frankly, the only reason I’m writing this piece is because I simply can’t believe that this issue hasn’t made a bigger noise…or been made into a bigger noise yet, but…
What type of Republican candidate for Governor has the MD Democratic Party putting out press releases for him?
Do I really have to ask that question? Really, do I? Oh, come on– you know the answer to that one, as that very candidate has been bragging about his crossover appeal from the second he got into the race for Governor – way back when he started Change Maryland. Larry Hogan is the type of nominal Republican candidate for Governor that has the MD Democratic Party putting out press releases for him.
On June 19, 2014, with the contact being listed as Bob Fenity, the MD DEMS put out a press release that had the following headline:
“Maryland Republicans support Marriage Equality for the LGBT community
Republican frontrunner Larry Hogan pledges to “uphold” Marriage Equality”
And the first paragraph of the release read as follows:
“ANNAPOLIS, MD – This morning, appearing on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan said he would “uphold” Marriage Equality if elected governor. “The voters of Maryland have already decided this issue,” Hogan said, adding that “it’s not something that would be re-addressed.” When asked whether he would “reintroduce the battle over Marriage Equality in the state of Maryland,” Hogan responded “No.”
The key part of the transcript of what Hogan said on WEAA is:
“Question: Will you work to defend marriage as governor?
Hogan: The voters of Maryland have already decided this issue and it’s really not an issue of this campaign.
Steiner: So the answer is no?
Hogan: Well I didn’t like the question, so the answer is that’s not an issue that has anything to do with this race, it’s not something that would be re-addressed. Both the legislature and the voters of Maryland have already made that decision. As governor I’ll have to take an oath to uphold the laws that are on the books.
Steiner: You’re not looking to reintroduce that battle over marriage equality in the state of Maryland?
(Larry Hogan: Didn’t like the question. I’m in a hole…so give me that shovel and I’ll keep on digging, until the Democrats try to rescue my ass.)
Well, at least Hogan didn’t do to Steiner what he’d done to John Lofton when Lofton asked him a question concerning the role of government. If you recall, at that time, Hogan replied by calling Lofton’s question the craziest question he’d ever heard and hightailed it off the phone. In this instance, Hogan’s only critique of Steiner’s question came when Hogan said, “Well, I didn’t like the question.”
Who cares whether you liked the question or not, Larry? Seriously. I don’t care – nor do I imagine anyone else really gives a damn whether or not you liked the question.
But, since you worded it that way – I didn’t like your answer.
The question that Larry didn’t like concerned the issue of Marriage Equality in the State of Maryland and ended with Larry saying, “No,” he wouldn’t revisit it. The issue to me has nothing to do with Marriage Equality and everything to do with the “why” he won’t revisit it.
He won’t revisit the issue because it – Marriage Equality – is already established law in the State of Maryland… which he will take an oath to uphold, but then, so is the Rain Tax, or any of those other 40 fee and tax hikes Larry Hogan’s always bitching about. Make the “Rain Tax” interchangeable with “Marriage Equality” in the question Hogan was asked. He could have just easily said he won’t revisit the Rain Tax – or anything that’s already become law in Maryland…like that monstrous gun grab Governor O’Malley’s Democrats pulled last year or the year before…or whenever. That’s established law, too. and – according to Larry’s own answer – he’ll take an oath to uphold those laws as well.
And, honestly, it means very little that “Marriage Equality” passed the petition attempt to overthrow it whereas as concerns the Rain (or other) Tax(es). Established law that you must uphold is established law you must uphold.
And to say you’re against revisiting one thing because it’s established opens you up to potentially being unwilling to revisit anything because it’s established…which, to my way of thinking, makes you a coward for trying to sidestep the question at hand.
Larry Hogan wasn’t kidding when he said he “didn’t like” the question. At least he answered this one, though…and, in the process, opened up a not too pretty window into the soul of a chicken-heart…one that has the MD DEMS getting involved in the MDGOP Primary Race for Governor because they want him to win it.
And, what does THAT tell you?