Maryland Republican Governor, Larry Hogan and Democratic Nominee Ben Jealous Jab During Forum; Guard Accused of ‘Slamming’ Staffer

October 12 at 6:00 PM

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous met Friday for the second time ever, and things did not go smoothly.

The candidates offered pointed critiques in their respective speeches during a Maryland Municipal League luncheon, and their campaigns sparred over an incident in which a Jealous bodyguard pushed a Hogan staffer away from Jealous.

Jealous’s campaign described the incident as minor and “fake news” and accused Hogan of trying to “distract from any real issues.”

But Hogan campaign spokesman Doug Mayer, who witnessed the incident, said the staffer was “slammed” into a concrete pillar outside the Westin Annapolis, where the luncheon was held.

The staffer’s job is to videotape Jealous during his campaign appearances. His footage, which was provided by the Hogan campaign, reflects his camera being jostled as he is heard saying, “Get your hands off me.”

In a separate video taken by journalist William Ford, which captured the end of the incident, the Jealous guard can be seen grabbing the Hogan staffer by the arm, apparently to restrain him from getting closer to Jealous, who was greeting officials as he entered the hotel. The Hogan campaign demanded an apology.

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