Eastern Shore Lawmakers React to Hogan's Inaugural Address
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is shown giving his inaugural address Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Annapolis. (Photo: WBOC)
ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The message from newly sworn-in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is clear.
"Today is not the beginning of an era of divided government. Today is the beginning of a new spirit of bipartisanship in Annapolis," Hogan said during his inaugural address he gave Wednesday in Annapolis.
It is an important message from this Republican governor, as he begins to work with a General Assembly controlled by the Democrats. Republican members of the Eastern Shore delegation said they agree with Hogan's message, and hope to carry it forward.
"The message was incredible, talking about Change Maryland, but talking about how we really need to work together. We have historic pioneers who have gone before us, and really working together, you know, recognizing our vast diversity," said Sen. Addie Eckardt, R- District 37 Dorchester.
"The message that he was sending about coming together, bipartisanship, the economy, regulations... He had a standing ovation when he said let's get the government out of your back pocket so you can control more of your own money. That's an idea that was very popular this afternoon," said Del. Johnny Mautz, R- District 37B Talbot.
"Hogan had always, in the times I'd met him, demonstrated his willingness to listen, to be an open mind, to look at issues that matter and take a good approach to it," said Del. Christopher Adams, R- District 37B Wicomico.
Although members of the Eastern Shore delegation recognize there will be disagreements, they are still hoping this spirit of cooperation will continue on into the next four years.