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Hogan releases letter that would have let Rutherford step in

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford listens as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces his being diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer.
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford listens as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces his being diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. (Joshua McKerrow, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Gov. Larry Hogan's office released Tuesday a copy of the letter he signed last week authorizing Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to act in an emergency while the governor was under anesthesia during a medical procedure.

The letter dated June 16 shows that Hogan invoked a section of Maryland's Constitution allowing him to give the lieutenant governor the authority to act in his place while the governor is "temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office."

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The letter spells out that Rutherford would have been able to act only if immediate action had been necessary. It delegated to Craig A. Williams, Hogan's chief of staff, the sole discretion to determine whether Hogan was unable to perform his duties.

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