Hogan takes oath of office

It was a cold day in hell for the state of Maryland.

Or so claimed the new governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday at his snowy inauguration — no one expected the Anne Arundel County businessman who had never held elected office to beat out the Democratic favorite, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), who collected countless donations and endorsements from high-ranking state and federal officials, including the Obamas.

But beat Brown he did, by hammering a theme that resonated with voters: controlled spending, lower taxes.

In his inauguration speech outside the State House on Wednesday, to a shivering crowd of hundreds, Hogan relentlessly sounded the same fiscally responsible message, painting a grand future for Maryland, one that eschewed political division, would rebuild the state’s business climate and keep money in the average citizens’ pockets.

“Too often, we see wedge politics and petty rhetoric used to belittle our adversaries and inflame partisan divisions,” Hogan said in his speech (read full transcript here). “But I believe that Maryland is better than this. Our history proves that we are better than this. It is only when the partisan shouting stops that we can hear each other’s voices and concerns.”

Hogan officially took the oath of office in the Senate chamber, administered by Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals.

After the oath, Hogan stepped outside the State House to deliver his first remarks as governor and greet in a thick snowfall a cheering crowd.

Joining Hogan on stage was his running mate, Boyd K. Rutherford, the ninth lieutenant governor of the state — the job was created in the 1970s.

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