Haslam wouldn’t vote for Trump, but will attend his inauguration

Gov. Bill Haslam, who refused to vote for Donald Trump when he was running for president, will attend his inauguration on Friday, according to a news release providing the governor’s public schedule for the coming week.

He joins at least two other Republican governors – Charlie Baker of Massachusetts (Boston Globe report HERE)) and Larry Hogan of Maryland (Baltimore Herald story HERE) – in accepting an invitation to the inaugural ceremony – sent to all governors — after publicly declaring they would not back Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton while the campaign was underway.

Haslam’s public schedule for the week, released last Friday, says he will spend Thursday and Friday of this week in Washington “for the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president.”  There has been no other announcement or statement from the governor’s office on Haslam’s decision and he lists no other public events for the coming week in the released schedule.

Back in October, Haslam issued a statement declaring: “It is time for the good of the nation and the Republican Party for Donald Trump to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee. If he does not step aside, I will write in a Republican for the office of President.”

Haslam subsequently has declined to say who got his vote but has said he backs Trump now and expects no repercussions from his position in the campaign (previous post HERE).

According to the Sun, a spokeswoman for Hogan explained his attendance at the the inaguration by saying the govenor  is “committed to working with the incoming Trump administration just as he has successfully worked with the Obama administration to promote what is in Maryland’s best interest.” According to the Sun, Baker that if you’re a governor and get invited to a presidential inauguration, you should go. The brief story adds: Baker said he would go no matter who won out of respect for the office of the presidency.

Presumably, Haslam shares such sentiments


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