WASHINGTON — Maryland voters went for Hillary Clinton, but could Donald Trump’s election win bring a good thing to Maryland?
Maryland and Virginia are locked in a battle over which state will get the new FBI headquarters and the 11,000 jobs it will bring. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who publicly refused to vote for Donald Trump, said Trump winning the presidency now gives his state the edge in landing the new FBI headquarters.
Persuading the FBI to make its new home in Maryland “should be a lot easier,” Hogan told the Baltimore Sun. “It should be a slam dunk at this point.”
According to The Baltimore Sun, Gov. Hogan had felt the deck was stacked against him after the Obama administration delayed the decision to pick a site for the new headquarters. The decision had been expected this year. Delaying the decision meant the next administration would get to pick the site for the new FBI headquarters.
Hogan’s theory is that if Hillary Clinton had won, her running mate Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor, and current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton friend, would have had a lot of say in the decision about where the FBI headquarters would be located.
Of the three potential sites for the new headquarters, one is in Springfield, Virginia, and two are in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The Sun pressed the governor on his thoughts on the outcome of the election, but Hogan really only said he was just glad it is over.