Democrats chide Haslam for silence on Trump

News release from the Democratic Governors Association
Today, the Democratic Governors Association launched a new webpage reminding voters in Tennessee where Gov. Bill Haslam stands on supporting Donald Trump for president.

The webpage, entitled “Trump Tracker: The Silent 9,” names Haslam, former Republican Governors Association Chair, as an original member of “The Silent 9” sitting GOP governors who have refused to answer if they would support Donald Trump on the ballot in November.

Trump cleared the Republican presidential field after his victory in Indiana on Tuesday, becoming the presumptive GOP nominee in 2016.

But for months, Republican governors have been have been divided over Trump’s candidacy. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the Republican Governors Association Chair, has dodged questions on if she supports Trump for more than two months. When asked earlier this year about supporting Trump, Haslam told the Associated Press, “We’re not there yet.”

Haslam is joined in “The Silent Nine” by governors Susana Martinez (R-NM), John Kasich (R-OH), Matt Bevin (R-KY), Larry Hogan (R-MD), Rick Snyder (MI), Brian Sandoval (R-NV), Jack Dalrymple (R-ND), Dennis Daugaard (R-SD). The DGA will update the website as these governors declare clear positions on Trump’s nomination.

“Former RGA Chair Bill Haslam is watching on as the Republican Party transforms into the party of Donald Trump,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republican governors have nowhere left to hide. It’s time for Gov. Haslam and the rest of ‘The Silent Nine’ to declare whether they will support the presumptive Republican nominee. This website will help citizens learn the truth on where their governors stand on Trump’s candidacy.”

The “Trump Tracker: Silent 9” project is an addition to the DGA’s original “Gov Trump Tracker” website launched in March. The site, www.GovTrumpTracker.com, was designed to keep tabs on 2016 gubernatorial candidates who will now share a ballot with Trump.

The RGA Finance Chair, Fred Malek, told USA Today in March that a Trump nomination “could imperil his party’s chances of picking up Democratic governors’ seats in Missouri, Montana, West Virginia, Vermont and New Hampshire.”

Here is a break down by the numbers of where Republican governors stand on Trump:

· THE SILENT NINE: 9 Republican governors refuse to say if they will support Trump as the nominee. These governors are from: NM, OH, KY, MD, MI, NV, ND, SD and TN.

· WILL SUPPORT TRUMP: 21 Republican governors have said they would support Trump as their presidential nominee. These governors are from: AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, ME, MS, NE, NJ, NC, OK, SC, TX, UT, WI, and WY.

· Only 1 Republican – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker – has refused to support Trump in November.