May 28, 2022

Top Democratic House leaders split on Maryland gubernatorial endorsement

As if the Democrat-led House didn’t already have its fair share of problems heading into the 2022 midterm elections, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seem to have a new rift between them.

According to the Daily Caller, Pelosi and Hoyer have reportedly endorsed two different Democratic candidates for Maryland’s crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary, causing confusion among the base, given that both endorsements come from powerful Democratic leaders.

On Thursday, Hoyer endorsed New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore, who’s also an Afghanistan war veteran. Pelosi endorsed former Obama administration Labor Secretary and DNC chairman Tom Perez.

The two endorsements for candidates to replace the term-limited Gov. Larry Hogan (R), were strong and crystal clear, signaling a clear difference in who the two Democratic leaders believe should lead the state.

“While there are many great candidates in this year’s race, Wes stands out as a candidate whose experience, vision, and talent can lead Maryland toward a brighter future by inspiring our people — particularly our young people — to work together to face our toughest challenges,” Hoyer said of Moore.

“So trust me when I say that he will be the leader Maryland needs to push for progressive change and deliver,” Pelosi said in a statement regarding Perez’s endorsement. “Tom is a compassionate leader, a great listener, and someone who isn’t afraid to do the hard work governing requires, and I’m proud to endorse him.”

The reason why the mismatched messaging is so critical to the party is that Maryland is expected to be the Democrats’ biggest pickup in November, especially given that they’re set to lose, overall, across the nation. Having a new Democratic governor on the team can only help in the long run.

Gov. Hogan, described as one of the most popular governors in the country, has formally endorsed Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz to take his place.

Only time will tell if Democrats manage to win Maryland’s governor’s mansion, but unless they get on the same page, it appears as if chaos will reign.

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