A bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) pledged Wednesday to appoint both Republicans and Democrats to his administration and said he would be “a governor for all Marylanders.”
Hogan’s comments came at a news conference the morning after he pulled a stunning upset in the heavily Democratic state over Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D). With nearly all precincts reporting Wednesday morning, unofficial results showed Hogan with a 51.5 percent to 46.8 percent win over Brown.
“It was quite a historic night last night,” Hogan told a packed room of reporters at an Annapolis hotel. He thanked voters for “putting aside party politics and partisanship” in Tuesday’s election.
Hogan named James T. Brady, a Cabinet official for Democratic former governor Parris N. Glendening, as co-chair of his transition effort. Brady, who served as economic development chief for Glendening, played a similar role after the election of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the state’s last Republican governor, in 2002.
Hogan’s transition effort will be co-chaired by Boyd Rutherford, Hogan’s running mate and former general services secretary under Ehrlich.
Hogan deflected all policy questions lobbed at him by reporters Wednesday, including requests for more details about his plans to cut taxes, what he intends to do with the state’s online health insurance exchange and whether he will cancel the planned light-rail Purple Line in the Washington region.
“We’re not really going to talk about detailed policy stuff,” he told a reporter.
Hogan said he had received a congratulatory call Wednesday morning from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who invited Hogan’s family to the governor’s mansion to get a glimpse of where they’ll be making their home come January.
Other ramifications of becoming governor were still sinking in. Hogan said he was somewhat taken aback when state troopers arrived at his hotel room Wednesday morning and told him they were there to protect him.