Days after Donald Trump was elected, Republican Governor Larry Hogan said getting the federal government to move the FBI headquarters to Prince George’s County “should be a lot easier” with Trump in the White House.
“It should be a slam dunk at this point,” he said.
Why? Because Hogan was counting on a Republican president to look after a Republican governor.
Trump just canceled the project, and Hogan’s “slam dunk” became a “dropped ball” – which is bad news for Prince George’s County.
Look at the facts:
- The FBI HQ was the biggest regional real estate decision in a decade;
- It would have brought 11,000 jobs to Prince George’s County and spurred the regional economy;
- Prince George’s County is home to more than 75,000 federal workers, but has only 25,000 federal jobs; and
- Locating the project near a Prince George’s County Metro station would have reduced traffic for the entire region.
Larry Hogan was a real estate developer. He knows – or should know – a deal is not done until the ink on the contract is dry. Instead of working hard to close this deal, Hogan counted on the Republican Party to take care of him. He was arrogant and lazy, and Prince George’s County will pay the price.
Add your name to the growing list of Marylanders who think Larry Hogan dropped the ball on landing the FBI headquarters in Prince George’s County.