MoCo Young Democrats Take On Hogan's Pick Of Blair Lee IV


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Some Montgomery County Democrats aren't too happy with Governor-elect Larry Hogan's selection of an outspoken local conservative to be part of his transition team. The Montgomery County Young Democrats on Wednesday called on Hogan to remove Blair Lee IV -- the Silver Spring developer and The Gazette columnist -- from his newly-minted position. Lee IV is the son of Blair Lee III, a former secretary of state, lieutenant governor and acting governor of Maryland. The Lee family played a major role in the founding of Montgomery County. Two of the family's ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence. Lee IV is chairman of the board of the Lee Development Group and often shares his political musings on WBAL Radio. The Young Democrats say he's also "firmly embedded in right-wing policy and corporate politics," and has expressed "extreme homophobic views that do not view all Marylanders as equal." The group based that assertion on Lee's opposition of the state's 2012 same-sex marriage referendum. In an interview with the Washington Blade this week, Lee said he still holds the opinion that gay sex is a sin. "Governor-elect Hogan is packing his transition team with consultants, legislators, and policy makers who are against the progress that Maryland has made over the past four years," read a press release from the Young Democrats. "In fact, voters affirmed much of this progress at the polls when the civil right to marriage equality and sensible, compassionate policies toward immigrant children in our state passed in 2012. His appointments set a disturbing tone for the future of our state in the next four years." The group also went after Lee and Hogan's other transition team members for supporting the elimination of the state's corporate tax and their opposition to repealing the death penalty and raising the minimum wage. Photo via The Gazette

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