Leggett Said He Won’t ‘Speak Negatively’ About Hogan after Endorsing Baker

Montgomery County executive is entering sensitive negotiations with Republican governor to try to lure Amazon to the county


Published:

County Executive Ike Leggett, left, joined former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, center, and current Gov. Larry Hogan, right, to dedicate the ICC to Ehrlich in September

Andrew Metcalf

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said Tuesday after formally endorsing fellow Democrat Rushern Baker for governor that he won’t speak negatively about incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan and Leggett are beginning sensitive negotiations with Amazon to try to bring the company’s second headquarters to Montgomery County—the only site in Maryland to make the company’s shortlist of 20 possible locations.

Hogan and Leggett have both said they’re working cooperatively to try to get the company to pick a site in the county. Leggett said Tuesday that landing Amazon would benefit the whole state.

“The governor and I have a very good relationship,” Leggett said. “He knows that I’m a very proud Democrat and that Rushern is my former [law school] student. I think [Hogan] somewhat expects this and I think it’s going to be a very competitive race.

“But I believe sincerely that we are going to make a very strong effort [for Amazon],” Leggett continued. “And I think the governor realizes, politics aside, that Amazon is something that we very, very much want to have in the state because it would be in all our interests.”

Hogan on Monday detailed a $5 billion-plus incentive package for Amazon that would include about $3 billion in tax credits and $2 billion in yet-to-be-detailed transportation improvements. The proposal is now being considered by the Maryland General Assembly, which would have to approve it.

Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, wrote in an email Tuesday that the governor “has immense respect for County Executive Leggett and greatly appreciates his kind words.”

“The governor enjoys a great working relationship with the county executive, and looks forward to continuing their successful partnership moving forward, including working together to bring Amazon’s HQ2 home to Montgomery County,” Chasse wrote.

Leggett said Tuesday he endorsed Baker because he believes the Prince George’s County executive has done a good job leading the county. Baker was a former student of Leggett’s at Howard University School of Law when Leggett was a dean and professor there in the mid-1980s.

“I’m speaking for, in support of Rushern,” Leggett said. “I’m not speaking against anyone, I don’t do that.”

If Baker were to beat out the other six leading Democrats running for the party’s nomination in the June 26 primary, he would face Hogan in the November general election.

Leggett said he gives Hogan “a great deal of credit for the things he’s done right,” but he believes in Baker. “I believe in the leadership he provides and I’m going to speak very positively about that. I will not speak negatively about the governor,” he said.

Since taking office in 2014, Hogan and Leggett have worked together to move the light-rail Purple Line toward construction and, with local state legislators, to fund other major infrastructure projects in the county, such as the Watkins Mill Interchange that broke ground in July. Construction on the 16-mile Purple Line, which will run from Bethesda to New Carrollton, began last year.

Leggett, who is finishing his third term in office this year, is term-limited and must step down at the end of the year. Leggett said before the term limits vote that he didn’t plan to seek re-election.

  

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Candidate Files To Challenge Hucker in Silver Spring-Based Council District 5

Kevin Harris said Friday he believes County Council has permitted too much development without enough infrastructure upgrades

Ortman-Fouse Reverses Course on Re-Election Bid, Declares She’ll Run for County Council Instead

She says new school board candidate would be “great addition” to board

Politics Roundup: SEIU Local 500 Endorses Elrich For County Executive; Albornoz, Jain, Jawando, Shnider For Council

Plus: Council supports brewery reform state bill; another District 18 candidate infuses campaign with personal loan

Superintendent Weighs in on Wednesday’s Student Protests in D.C., Threats Against Schools

MCPS can’t protect students if they leave campus, Smith writes
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

Lovely End Unit Townhome

Potomac, $1,499,900

Stunning Oasis

Bethesda, $1,885,000

Spacious Downtown Condo

Bethesda, $1,195,000

Classic Colonial

Chevy Chase, $1,025,000

Renovated Colonial

Chevy Chase, $1,095,000
Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module