Maryland's Republican Gov. Votes For Dead Man Over Trump
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he wrote in Ronald Reagan’s name instead of voting for President Trump or Joe Biden.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he wrote in Ronald Reagan’s name instead of voting for President Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in this year’s election.
"I know it's simply symbolic. It's not going to change the outcome in my state. But I thought it was important to just cast a vote that showed the kind of person I'd like to see in office," Hogan told The Washington Post in an interview published Friday.
The Maryland governor has been an outspoken critic of Trump. In April, he penned an op-ed for The Post calling out the administration's “bungled” response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also among four sitting Republican governors who did not sign a letter endorsing Trump and Senate Republicans’ unprecedented push to confirm SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the November election.
Many on Twitter noted that Hogan’s vote for the late Reagan is a satirical Onion article come to life:
While other anti-Trump Republicans, including former House Rep. Joe Walsh, blasted him for doing so:
Respectfully @LarryHogan, this is bullshit. First, Ronald Reagan is dead. He can’t be elected in November. Second, to say as you do that Donald Trump is unfit, yet you won’t vote for the ONLY person who can beat him, is cowardly & makes no sense. Really disappointing. https://t.co/5G3w0mNXpA— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 16, 2020
Hogan’s write-in for the deceased U.S. president wasn’t his first symbolic ballot stunt. According to The Post’s report, he also wrote in the name of his late father Larry Hogan Sr. for the 2016 presidential election, rather than vote for either Trump or then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Some political observers have speculated that Hogan is planning to run for president himself in 2024.