The legislature might think about disciplinary motion when it returns to Annapolis on Wednesday for its 90-day session. Such deliberations are confidential, nonetheless, and a spokeswoman for House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) declined to say whether or not an ethics investigation has been launched.
Cox’s didn’t return calls Tuesday.
An apologetic letter he wrote to the leaders of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, obtained by The Washington Post, seeks to clarify what the delegate calls “my poor choice of words” within the tweet.
“At no time was I calling his action ‘treason’ or ‘sedition’ which are legal terms of art,” the e-mail stated. “I intended the vebiage to convey a betrayal of us his voters and a deep disappointment.”
Cox wrote that he drafted the tweet aboard a bus leaving the town and was unaware of the lethal violence unfolding on the Capitol. “I had no realization of the gravity of the situation at the moment and with my very small twitter following had no intent to stir up anything,” he wrote.
Hogan, a longtime critic of President Trump, has blamed the president for inciting the riot on the Capitol, wherein a Capitol Police officer and a protestor have been killed. Cox, alternatively, is a religious defender of the president.
Asked about Cox Tuesday, Hogan stated he was embarrassed by fellow Republicans who fought towards certifying the outcomes of the presidential election. “He is not the kind of person I would vote to put in the legislature or support in any way — for anything,” Hogan stated.
The governor stated he didn’t know Cox personally, though photos posted on Cox’s Facebook page present Hogan posing with Cox in 2018, with a written endorsement attributed to the governor under.
Doug Mayer, who was Hogan’s deputy marketing campaign supervisor in 2018, stated he might discover no proof Tuesday that Hogan had endorsed Cox. He stated it was attainable Cox might have been a part of a giant batch of blanket candidate endorsements by the governor.
“If we did, it’s officially rescinded,” Mayer stated. “The governor never knew he was endorsing him.”
Cox is an avowed opponent of masks necessities and pandemic-related shutdowns. In his non-public authorized follow, he has represented shoppers suing authorities officers over these insurance policies.
“I know he filed suit against us multiple times, [he’s] a Q-Anon conspiracy theorist who says crazy things every day,” Hogan stated on Tuesday. “He called me a communist Chinese spy for China. He called the vice president a traitor. He was down there gathering people at the Capitol. I don’t even know what makes him think this way.”
In latest years, the House of Delegates has taken completely different formal actions when it desires to subject sanctions towards members for his or her conduct. In 2019, lawmakers censured Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford), who is White, for utilizing the n-word to explain a majority-Black legislative district. The identical 12 months, it additionally issued a formal reprimand of Del. Jay Jalisi (D-Baltimore County), who was accused of berating and emotionally abusing his legislative workers.
Senate Minority Whip Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick) stated he was not conscious of any motion that the House is likely to be contemplating towards Cox. He stated that though he “strongly disagrees” with Cox’s tweet about Pence, he questioned whether or not formal motion from the legislature was crucial.
Hough stated he thinks Cox must apologize for utilizing such a charged phrase to explain the vice chairman. “To me, Mike Pence acted like a patriot,” he stated.
In the previous week, Cox has recorded a video on his Facebook web page wherein he denounced the mob violence on the Capitol however continued to boost questions on election fraud and defended efforts to problem the outcomes. His Twitter account has been deleted.
The video stated Cox’s group traveled to Washington from Frederick and have been on the Mall however by no means made it to the Capitol “and of course did not participate in any violence.”
At the information convention, Hogan was additionally requested about his response to former secretary of state Colin L. Powell asserting that he can not name himself a Republican after members of his former get together did not rein in Trump.
The governor reaffirmed his dedication to the Republican Party, saying he “does not want to leave the party to those who took a hostile takeover of the party four years ago.”
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