Gov. Larry Hogan Monday responded to a columnist who branded the Republican as “Mr. Nasty.”
Rascovar questioned Hogan’s ability to work with Democrats and noted that the governor made a decision last week to close down the Baltimore City Detention Center without consulting legislative leaders or lawmakers from Baltimore.
Rascovar went on to ponder the reasons behind what he sees as a personality change, including spending too much time with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hogan’s chemotherapy treatment and related new bald look or that it’s pandering to his conservative base.
“Whatever the reason, Hogan has taken a turn down a dark alley. It may lead to a promising political future, but from a governing standpoint it could lead to disaster,” Rascovar wrote.
In his response, Hogan never mentioned Rascovar by name.
“A ‘columnist’ called me nasty and mean for not giving Democratic legislators prior notice of our plan to close the Baltimore City Detention Center. He even blamed it on my cancer, saying maybe the bald head and chemo was making me mean,” Hogan wrote on his Facebook page. “Actually for safety reasons we could not leak this plan in advance to the gang leaders and criminals running the jail. But, we did give notice early that day to legislative leaders in advance. In spite of 10 days of 24 hour chemo I haven’t become mean and nasty, I’m still the same nice guy I have always been, and we are still accomplishing great things for Maryland.”