November 20, 2017

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ICYMI: Republican Governors Struggling in the Age of Trump

In case you missed it, the New York Times reported on the ongoing anxiety Republican governors feel heading into 2018.

After Donald Trump’s unpopularity played a large factor in the Democratic sweep of New Jersey and Virginia, Republicans are struggling with whether to embrace or run from the president. Several governors even made personal pleas to Vice President Pence, asking him to keep the Trump on the sidelines.

From the article:

But a sense of foreboding hung over the group’s gathering in Austin this past week, as President Trump’s unpopularity and Republicans’ unexpectedly drastic losses in elections earlier this month in Virginia, New Jersey and suburbs from Philadelphia to Seattle raised the specter of a political reckoning in 2018.

…In a series of closed-door meetings, governors tangled over how best to avoid being tainted by Mr. Trump, and debated the delicate task of steering Mr. Trump’s political activities away from states where he might be unhelpful. Several complained directly to Vice President Mike Pence, prodding him to ensure that the White House intervenes only in races in which its involvement is welcome.

…Mr. Hogan and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, the departing head of the governors association, candidly told Mr. Pence that they hoped the administration would prove collaborative and respect the wishes of governors who want Mr. Trump to stay away.

Read the entire report HERE.