Maryland GOP Legislators Want their Counties to Secede

Legislators from three GOP-controlled counties in Maryland on Thursday requested to jump ship and formally join up with the neighboring state of West Virginia.

In two identically phrased letters to West Virginia state House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Craig Blair, both Republicans, six Maryland legislators suggested their secession would be “mutually beneficial.”

“We believe this arrangement may be mutually beneficial for both states and for our local constituencies,” state officials from Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties said in their brief letter. “Please advise on next steps.”

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