Marylanders Divided on Hogan’s Post-Chemo Hair Options

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Via Larry Hogan's Facebook page
Via Gov. Larry Hogan’s Facebook page

Further cementing his reputation as an affable, candid public servant, Gov. Larry Hogan put his post-chemotherapy hairstyle up for referendum. And a surprising number of respondents want this man to stay bald.

“Since hearing the doctors tell me I am 100% cancer-free, one of the things I’ve really looked forward to is my hair growing back,” Hogan wrote in a Facebook post. “But lately, I’ve heard from a lot of people that they really like the bald look, and they think I should keep it! So, I’ve decided to get your input. What do you think — bald head or flowing locks? Vote below!”

The accompanying images instructs users to “‘like’ for hair” and “‘share’ for bald.” But that is a deeply flawed polling method. It’s better to check the comments. Scanning the thousand-plus comments on the post, it would appear that “do whatever you want” is the strongest sentiment. (“Do whatever your wife wants” is also a popular point of view.) But “bald” has a surprising number of supporters. Almost as many people have urged the governor to rock the bald look as have begged for the locks of hair to “flow.”

Some in the bald camp like the idea of Hogan showing solidarity with all of those currently fighting cancer, while others just like the way it looks. One user reasoned that baldness “implies a certain level of ‘bad assery.'”

Hogan’s warm personality and openness about his cancer battle seem to have buoyed the Republican’s approval ratings in a deeply Democratic state. He squashed the Red Line, withholding $68 million in education funds, and requesting that Syrian refugees not be settled in Maryland “until the U.S. government can provide appropriate assurances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to public safety.” And still a strong majority of Marylanders approve of the job he’s doing.

A recent profile in the Sunday New York Times noted — and basked in — Hogan’s “positive nature and good humor.”

“You can disagree without being disagreeable,” he told the Times. “That’s always been my mantra.”



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