Hogan Endorses Miele for State Senate
Photo Credit: Washington Post, 6/9/2017
"Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has made his first endorsement of the 2018 election, backing a young Baltimore County lawmaker for one of six state Senate seats his party is targeting in an effort to break the Democratic supermajority in that chamber.
Hogan announced his support for Del. Christian J. Miele (R) at a campaign kickoff event Thursday night, helping the candidate raise at least $34,000 to challenge Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) in the eastern part of the county. Miele’s campaign had about $45,000 cash on hand before the rally.
“We’re just getting started on our effort to turn Maryland around and change Maryland for the better, but I can’t do it without good members of the Senate like the gentleman we’re here to support,” the popular first-term governor said. “There’s no question in my mind that he will do an excellent job as your next senator.”
Hogan also used the occasion to publicly reveal the sex of the baby that the 36-year-old lawmaker and his wife are expecting later this year, tearing open a bag of blue balloons to indicate that the child will be a boy.
Miele, one of two sons of an Italian American father, said he’s happy someone will be able to carry on his family’s name. “Miele lives on!” he yelled to supporters.
Hogan is hoping Miele can take over a seat in a critical battleground district, potentially expanding the governor’s influence over negotiations in the legislature, where Democrats hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers."