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Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, left, stands behind Gov. Larry Hogan as he speaks earlier this year. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, left, stands behind Gov. Larry Hogan as he speaks earlier this year. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Rutherford will close out association of counties conference

Gov. Larry Hogan will not speak this year at the annual Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City on Saturday.

Instead, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford will stand in for the governor and deliver the speech that is the closing of the annual gathering.

Gov. Larry Hogan and his wife Yumi Hogan, left, and daughter Jaymi Sterling in a photo post Wednesday on the governor's Facebook page.

Gov. Larry Hogan and his wife Yumi Hogan, left, and daughter Jaymi Sterling in a photo post Wednesday on the governor’s Facebook page.

Hogan’s attendance was never certain, The association’s own program hedged his appearance and many said that Rutherford was the likely speaker with an appearance by the governor would be “a game time decision.”

But chances of Hogan attending seemed to fade Thursday night when he did not attend his own event in Ocean City.

Hogan earlier this week completed his third round of six chemotherapy treatments for an aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The governor has continued to work through the treatments, which progressively take a physical toll and compromise his immune system. Doctors have asked him to limit his public appearances and cut out handshakes and hugging—something he has said publicly has been difficult to do.

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