Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to campaign for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie on Saturday. Hogan said Thursday that he will headline a “big grassroots rally” for Gillespie in Northern Virginia.
“I’ve known him for a while. I think he’s a great leader in the Republican Party and I think he will do a great job as governor of Virginia,” Hogan said.
The Maryland Democratic Party criticized the governor’s trip, issuing a statement saying that Gillespie has run a “misleading and racially-charged campaign.” Gillespie has come under fire from opponents for his support of Confederate monuments and for campaign ads about the MS-13 gang that civil rights groups have said are anti-immigrant.
In the statement, state party chairwoman Kathleen Matthews said: “Governor Hogan should be speaking out against racial fear mongering, but unfortunately he’s chosen to put party politics ahead of people by campaigning with Ed Gillespie.”
Gillespie is facing Democrat Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, in next week’s gubernatorial election.