ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — As Gov. Larry Hogan embraces a rare moment in Maryland by becoming only the second Republican governor ever to be sworn in to a second term, he plans to highlight something he says has become all-too-rare in Washington: bipartisanship.
"I'm willing to stand up and fight for the things that really matter but not for status quo politics and not to perpetuate polarization and paralysis," Hogan says in an excerpt released by his office before his swearing in ceremony Wednesday. "I come from the get-to-work and get-things-done school of politics, and I'll work with anyone who wants to do the people's business."
Hogan will be inaugurated as a partial federal shutdown dragged into its 26th day, the longest ever, bringing financial concerns to scores of federal workers who live in Maryland. Maryland officials estimate the shutdown with no end in sight is affecting tens of thousands of state residents.
"We're going to keep working for them, but we're going to keep pushing the president and the Congress to get their act together and get things done, which is the way we've done it here in Maryland," Hogan told reporters after a prayer service in Annapolis. "But down there, it seems like nobody can ever get along, and nobody will ever even give up a little to get a lot done, and it's crazy."
Shutdown negotiations have deadlocked over President Donald Trump's border wall funding demands.
"It's not fair, regardless of where your position is on border security, it's not fair to take it out on these hardworking federal employees," Hogan said.
Hogan, who has said he doesn't plan his second term to be that much different from his first in terms of policy, said he planned to talk about his first four years in office and some plans for the future in his speech on the lawn of the Maryland State House, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the nation's capital. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland, and the General Assembly has a supermajority of Democrats in both chambers.
"I'm just going to talk a little bit about what we did the first term and what we're going to do in the second term and about how we've brought people together and, I think, set an example for the rest of the nation about how you can get things done by being bipartisan and reaching across the aisle," Hogan said. "Maybe it's something they ought to think about learning in Washington."
Hogan has often pointed to bipartisan work with Democrats last year to preserve the troubled individual market of the state's health care exchange as a contrast to partisan gridlock in Washington.