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Republican gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, Larry Hogan, says whether the Redskins team name should be changed should be decided by the team and its fans.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, Larry Hogan, says whether the Redskins team name should be changed should be decided by the team and its fans.

While the Washington Redskins might "fight for old D.C.," they actually play their games in Maryland. And one candidate in the state's gubernatorial race is decrying the ruling that stripped the team of it's trademark by calling its nickname "disparaging."

Larry Hogan, the frontrunner in the Republican primary, says the ruling by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board should "offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech.''

The board's decision does not have any immediate impact on whether the team can continue to use the name, as an appeal will be filed that will likely be tied up in courts for years.

Hogan, a cabinet secretary under former Republican governor Bob Ehrlich, says whether the name should be changed should be decided by the team and its fans.

Hogan is one of four Republicans running for their party's nomination. The three Democrats seeking their party's nod have all said the team should change its name.

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