STATEMENT FROM THE MARYLAND DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON LARRY HOGAN’S BOTCHED TEST PUBLICITY STUNT

Maryland - Friday, November 20th, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis released the following statement after the Washington Post reported that Larry Hogan’s widely publicized COVID-19 tests were “flawed and weren’t used.”

“With Governor Hogan, everything seems to be performative. Instead of taking actions that would have actually helped Marylanders, it’s clear that the Governor was only concerned about his own personal optics. He knew the tests had failed and spent $2.5 million of taxpayer money to cover it up; all the while, he wrote about the tests in his memoir -- declaring himself a hero. In the middle of a pandemic, Governor Hogan seems to have time to give hour-long speeches about Ronald Reagan’s leadership, but he clearly doesn’t have any time to be a leader himself. 

“This complete failure is deeply disappointing -- it’s heartbreaking for all those who have lost someone in the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Hogan has forgone any credibility and should apologize to the people of Maryland. 

“If anyone has concerns about the coronavirus, or thinks they or their loved ones may have been exposed to COVID-19; they can find information on testing and outbreaks at hhs.gov/coronavirus.” 

“The much-touted tests could not help detect which Maryland residents had contracted the novel coronavirus, the Hogan administration quietly paid the same South Korean company $2.5 million for 500,000 replacement tests.” (Steve Thompson, Washington Post)

Yvette Lewis
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party


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