Hogan to Speak at Interfaith Service for Pittsburgh Victims

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) is set to speak in Washington, D.C., Monday evening at an interfaith service and solidarity gathering for the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

    A gunman spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric entered the synagogue during Sabbath services Saturday morning and opened fire, killing 11 people and wounding several others. It is believed to be the most deadly attack on Jews in U.S. history.

    Hogan is scheduled to speak, along with Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D). The interfaith gathering will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Adas Israel Congregation in D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood.

    The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

    Throughout the weekend, Hogan has issued statements on Twitter decrying the attack, offering prayers, and saying he had contacted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to offer Maryland’s assistance. Another tweet featured a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love…Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

    Josh Kurtz
    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.