Annapolis, MD – Women for Hogan came together in force today at a rally in Annapolis on the first day of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event took place at Lawyer's Mall and attracted over enthusiastic supporters from across the state. Hogan's daughter and star of his latest campaign ad, Jaymi Sterling, served as emcee of the event. Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Biana Arentz, Chair and founding member of Bosom Buddies, and Buffy Giddens, St. Mary's County domestic violence prosecutor, were also in attendance. Hogan and his wife Yumi were also joined by Lt. Governor candidate Boyd Rutherford and his wife, Monica.
Hogan's remarks focused on breast cancer and domestic violence awareness, and outlined what a Hogan-Rutherford approach to these issues would look like. He said, "Reflect on the color pink for a second. It represents health and vitality; Think of the rosy pink cheeks of newborn babies. Pink is the very antithesis of cancer.
As for the color purple, in the U.S. the Purple Heart is presented to those who were wounded while serving their country. For survivors of domestic violence, who may be wounded physically and emotionally, the color is a symbol of courage, peace, and dedication to ending violence."
Hogan promised that as governor, he would work to ensure that all women in Maryland have access to health care services. He pointed out the fact that three counties in the state lack a single OB/GYN practitioner. He also vowed to restore the millions of dollars of funding to breast and cervical cancer research and screening that has been slashed under the leadership of Anthony Brown and Martin O'Malley. In addition, Hogan promised to work to improve the state's revenue climate in order to properly fund domestic violence awareness programs and provide the necessary resources for prevention and rescue organizations.
Video from the event can be found here. Hogan's full remarks can be found here.