Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan blasts both parties over shutdown: 'This isn't governing'

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan blasts both parties over shutdown: 'This isn't governing'
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in an opinion piece published Wednesday in The Washington Post lashed out at lawmakers in both parties over the 35-day partial government shutdown, noting how he has encouraged both parties in his state to work together to avoid “partisan gridlock.”

“That isn’t governing — it’s just political theater, and millions of Americans are tired of the drama,” Hogan wrote.


He compared federal government stalemates with how he has handled being a Republican governor in a state with a Democratic legislature.

“We could have allowed the state to be paralyzed by partisan gridlock. Instead, we have spent the past four years working together to tackle common problems by accepting our shared responsibility to solve them,” he wrote. “We have proved that a divided government does not have to be a divisive government.”

Hogan, a popular moderate Republican in a blue state, has been floated as a potential primary challenger for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE. A recent Morning Consult poll found Hogan to be the second most popular governor in the country, with a 68 percent approval rating.

The Republican National Committee on Friday voted unanimously to give Trump its “undivided support” in the 2020 election. The move was unusual because Trump has not yet officially become the party’s nominee.

While a number of Republicans have broken with the president on key issues, none have yet announced their intentions to challenge him for the Republican nomination.