Despite the rapid polarization of the country, some GOP lawmakers have been able to thrive in solidly blue states. The three most prominent of these Republicans are Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Phil Scott.
One of the reasons why these lawmakers have been able to be successful in Democratic strongholds if their ability to remain politically pragmatic. Phil Scott managed to show off this pragmatism on Saturday when he endorsed Bill Weld for the Republican nomination over current President Donald Trump.
Unlike the current crop of GOP congresspeople and senators that normally bend to Trump’s will, Scott remains unafraid.
Scott said on Saturday, “Governor Weld is someone who is on the ticket, I’ve met with him before, I think a lot of him and his platform so I would be supporting him.”
Weld was happy to have the recommendation. The former Massachusetts Governor tweeted, “I’m a great admirer of Phil Scott, of Vermont, and am delighted to have his endorsement in the Republican presidential primary on Super Tuesday. VT has been well served in the past by Republican governors, and Gov. Scott admirably extends that tradition.”
I’m a great admirer of @GovPhilScott of Vermont, and am delighted to have his endorsement in the Republican presidential primary on Super Tuesday. VT has been well served in the past by Republican governors, and Gov. Scott admirably extends that tradition.https://t.co/gTsjMN3UKj
— Gov. Bill Weld (@GovBillWeld) February 15, 2020
The two lawmakers share Libertarian ideals. Earlier in the week, Scott had hinted at supporting a candidate other than Trump. He said of the Trump impeachment trial, “I believe that the president abused his powers. If they’d taken more testimony, maybe they’d have had more information and maybe other senators would have acted appropriately.”