Maryland Republicans perplexed Michael Steele would seek governor's nod after years of criticizing party

Maryland Republicans perplexed Michael Steele would seek governor's nod after years of criticizing party


Republican establishment figures in deep-blue Maryland are bewildered Michael Steele would seek the party’s nomination for governor after voting for President Joe Biden and spending the last six years bashing the party and its elected leaders.

Between Steele’s oft-repeated suggestions his party is gripped by racism, misogyny, and white nationalism and his preferred venue for leveling those charges — MSNBC, the media outlet at which the former lieutenant governor was a paid contributor from 2003-2007 — some Maryland Republicans are having a hard time understanding why he would ask GOP voters for support. These questions are emphasized by the fact the bid for the state’s highest office is up for grabs in a closed primary in which he could run as an independent or even a Democrat.

Like Steele, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has criticized former President Donald Trump and has admitted never voting for him in 2016 or 2020 — yet it has not diminished his

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