[Ed. – Shunning the promises of a socialist ‘paradise’]
The crowd cheering on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on a lazy August weekend in the working-class suburban Baltimore town of Dundalk wasn’t your typical partisan audience. It included an African-American medical assistant disillusioned by Democratic nominee Ben Jealous and a local business leader who backed former Gov. Martin O’Malley only to become disaffected with the Democrat’s tax hikes.
Hogan’s ability to build a broad coalition is testament to his engaging personality, record of economic growth during his tenure, and an eagerness to split from President Trump on myriad issues. But the governor’s commanding lead over Democrat Ben Jealous is also a product of the Democratic Party’s leftward lurch in Maryland, a dynamic that is replicating itself in other pivotal governors’ races across the country.
Democrats nominated Jealous, a former NAACP president, to face Hogan. He’s a dream candidate for progressives: a Bernie Sanders acolyte who advocates for single-payer health insurance, free college tuition, and the legalization of marijuana among other liberal priorities.