When Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Jr. joined the small contingent of Republican lawmakers who endorse the impeachment inquiry pending in opposition to President Donald Trump, he continued a household legacy of breaking get together strains.
“I don’t see any other way to get the facts,” Hogan advised PBS’ Firing Line on Friday night.
His assertion echoed his father, former Maryland Congressman Larry Hogan Sr., who in 1974 was the one Republican member of the House to vote in favor of all three articles of impeachment in opposition to then-President Richard Nixon.
The senior Hogan was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, who spent hours in hearings and at house poring over proof because the Watergate scandal unfolded. He dictated notes right into a tape recorder, he advised The New York Times in June 1974, however he hadn’t despatched them out for transcription “out of respect for the rules of confidentiality.” Likewise, he had additionally “forbidden his staff to tally the mail on impeachment lest his vote be influenced by it.”
In his 2017 obituary, The Washington Post revisited Hogan’s announcement, made the day earlier than the House impeachment vote that “Richard M. Nixon has, beyond a reasonable doubt, committed impeachable offenses” and his additional allegations of “an extended and extensive conspiracy to obstruct justice.”
The congressman didn’t run for reelection after his time period ended. Instead, he ran for governor in Maryland, the place he had been cautious to maintain up his “politicking,” conscious of the “high feelings the impeachment issue arouses.”
While his father’s gubernatorial bid was unsuccessful, Larry Hogan Jr. started his second time period as governor of Maryland in January, and has loved excessive approval rankings in a blue state.
Ahead of his reelection in 2018, The Baltimore Sun reported that 60 p.c of native Democrats authorized of the Republican governor’s job efficiency. Steve Raabe of OpinionWorks, which performed the ballot, attributed Hogan’s bilateral enchantment to “a likability factor” and “a sense of character about him.”
Hogan’s vocal help for the impeachment inquiry adopted his public critiques of Trump earlier this yr, after the president offended many by calling Baltimore “a rat and rodent infested mess.”
“Washington is just completely consumed with, with angry and divisive politics, the divisiveness and dysfunction. And then 14 hours later we get this tweet that sets off another fire storm of angry tweets back and forth,” the governor advised native radio station WBAL.
“Enough is enough. I mean people are just completely fed up with this kind of nonsense,” the governor mentioned of the president’s antics.