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Hogan-Franchot shopping trip sends bipartisan message

Hogan-Franchot shopping trip sends bipartisan message

EASTON — Republican Larry Hogan and Democrat Peter Franchot met up Monday in this historic Eastern Shore town for a tour of downtown businesses and a public show of bipartisan holiday spirit.

The governor-elect and the state comptroller — who will hold two of the three seats on the powerful Board of Public Works when Hogan takes office Jan. 21 — were cheerful and chummy as they went from store to store, spreading the word that Marylanders should patronize their local small businesses.

The display of goodwill, while free of politics on the surface, sends a powerful signal about the way Hogan intends to govern and the way Franchot intends to use his vote on the board —...