ARUNDEL MILLS, Md. — Larry Hogan wants you to know he will be working with the Democrats. He did this for eight years as governor of a moderate blue state Republic. And he will do it again if you let him. Maybe in another adjective. Not ready to argue. Until the beginning of next year.
Hogan, Maryland Live! The hotel and casino where An America United, one of Hogan’s PACs, held a party Wednesday, ostensibly to celebrate Hogan’s tenure as governor.
Hogan is the only Republican reelected to the governorship in Maryland’s long history of rarely electing Republicans, as was often mentioned throughout the evening. Expect to hear much more of this statistic in the coming months.
“But I understand there has been some speculation about my future,” Hogan continued, with a wooooooo voice rising from the audience. “I won’t be making any announcements tonight. I apologize to the media behind the hall. But I think you all know how much I care about this country. I’ve never been more worried about the direction of our nation. What I can tell you tonight is that I’m not about to give up on the Republican Party or America. “
On the right, only Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2024. But soon after—Hogan told reporters to wait for an update after leaving office in January—more than a dozen speculative Republicans will decide whether to officially enter. Race against Trump. Meanwhile, Hogan is doing a crowdfunding show with high-profile supporters, and several federal fundraising PACs have launched A Better Path Forward. Its entire event was a preview of the lead talk: Here’s a moderate governor who’s actually working with the Democrats to do things like lower taxes and create jobs (a record that will be scrutinized more closely if he runs) and won’t be as a result. happily tear to Trump.
“On the one hand, this is very embarrassing and more people need to raise their voices,” Hogan said after journalists asked him. About the latest horrific news from Mar-a-Lago: Trump’s meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and Ye, better known as rapper Kanye West. “On the other hand, you know, we should stop talking about Donald Trump.”
And many Republicans already have it, according to Hogan, who sees Trump’s once-solid base fading. “There was a time when almost 90% of the mainstream supported Trump. “Right now it’s around 30 percent and my guess is it will continue to decline,” he said.
People who bought tickets to Hogan’s casino party, where the soundtrack was video clips celebrating Hogan and a live band playing at an ear-piercing decibel, embraced a vision for the GOP that was reasonable and willing to work with the other side. “There’s not a lot of them in the Republican Party these days,” said Larry Johnson, 56, who works in banking. When asked about Trump’s return to the campaign trail, he rolled his eyes and sighed.
The pivotal reel of Hogan’s political career was the late Representative Larry Hogan Sr., the only famous Republican to vote for all three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in the U.S. House of Representatives. It contained a salute to his father. Hogan, 66, said his father’s example always showed him that you “put the country above the party”.
Hogan’s reel also followed a series of whiplash events that colored the early years of his tenure: unrest in Baltimore over his cancer diagnosis, the previous administration’s power to lift taxes, and the death of 25-year-old Black man Freddie Gray was killed in police custody. Near the end of the clip, a Black resident calls the National Guard to praise Hogan for overthrowing Baltimore’s then-mayor and President Barack Obama: “A Republican came in to bring people together,” the man says to the camera. “I saw that too.”
The Maryland voters who elected Hogan were unwilling to extend the Republican rule in Annapolis for another four years under a far-right Republican whom Hogan called a “QAnon idiot” and refused to endorse. Trump-backed candidate Dan Cox lost last month by an overwhelming majority to Democrat Wes Moore, who will become the nation’s third-choice. Black governor. Hogan used this loss to argue that Trump’s raising of the unelected, extreme candidates was responsible for the party’s lackluster midterms. “Excuses, lies and toxic politics will not win elections or restore America,” Hogan told the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas last month.
Hogan was, and still is, an “anti-Trump” Republican who expressed a clear distance and distaste for what had once become the mainstream GOP in the Trump administration. But the term is less effective now, as at least a dozen Republicans, who saw a vacuum after the near-complete bombing of the Trump candidates in the midterms, lined up to challenge Trump. Hogan may be sharing the new anti-Trump banner with the likes of former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, all of whom will be forced to file a lawsuit that Trump is no longer speaking for the party.
Hogan’s words were followed by a stylish video that looked like it came straight out of a campaign launch and ended with the message: “This is just the beginning.” Then a rain of confetti fell into the hall just seconds late.