BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Governor Larry Hogan appear to be making good on their promise to work together for the benefit of the City.
Pugh comes to City Hall as a democrat and consensus builder. Republican Governor Larry Hogan was present at her inauguration and has made several trips to Baltimore in the past seven days.
“Maryland is stronger when our state and local leaders work together. When we agree to put aside our partisanship and put aside our differences in order to do the right thing for the people we represent,” said Hogan at the mayoral inauguration.
“And to our governor I want you to know that you do have a partner,” said Pugh on inauguration day.
Days later the mayor and the governor shared a stage for a city-state neighborhood revitalization.
“We made a lot of progress with this project core but I think together now we’re going to really ramp it up and get things moving,” said Hogan.
“That’s a lot of it, right? Being able to get along, being able to work towards common goals,” said Goucher field politics center director Mileah Kromer, who sees common ground between the mayor and governor, who also attended a toy giveaway together this weekend.
“They come from two different parties but at the center of it Catherine Pugh is somebody with a lot of business acumen, Larry Hogan’s certainly somebody with a lot of business acumen and they are both politicians who are interested in building up economic development, they’re interested in jobs, and they’re interested in bringing prosperity to the city and the state,” said Kromer.
And putting political differences aside.
“Mayor Pugh and I have a shared vision for Baltimore,” said Hogan.
“And I’ve already prepared my letter for you to go with me to Washington D.C. to deliver to the next president of the United States, Trump,” said Pugh.
A letter about investing in Baltimore she delivered herself to the president-elect at the Army-Navy game.
The 2017 Maryland legislative session starts January 11.