Hogan, Mulling 2020 Run, Criticizes Republican Loyalty to the ‘Dear Leader’

Hogan Says He’s Considering a 2020 Presidential Run in New Hampshire

Will Gov. Larry Hogan will pose a primary challenge to President Donald Trump?

While speaking at a Politics and Eggs event at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, Hogan was asked if he was going to announce he’s entering the 2020 race.

“This was not something that I was really focused on. A lot of people have been approaching me, probably since the time of my inauguration [in] late January. People have asked me to give this serious consideration and I think I owe it to those people to do just that and that’s what I’m doing,” said Hogan.

Hogan revealed that he’s been listening to people in different parts of the country, including New Hampshire, which — notably — is the second state to vote in the primary elections. Overall, Hogan said he’s been to 10 states the last couple of months and has plans to visit 16 more.

“I’ve said before that I’m not going to launch some sort of a suicide mission, I have a real day job that’s important to me for the people of Maryland — unless I thought there was a path to victory,” said Hogan.

So far, Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, is the only Republican to announce a 2020 run. Hogan said he received a phone call from Weld before he announced he was posing a primary challenge to Trump earlier this month.

Hogan Criticizes President Trump, Republican Party

As he answered questions in New Hampshire, Hogan continued to buck the popular opinion of the Republican Party.

Hogan said that his frustration with the Trump presidency has less to do with Trump personally but more to do with how “we’re not getting anything done.”

Hogan was critical of the Republican National Committee passing a resolution which gave Trump “undivided support in 2020.”

“To change the rules and to insist 100% loyalty to ‘the dear leader,’ it just didn’t sound much like the Republican Party that I grew up in, working for Ronald Reagan and supporting George Bush. I’m for a return to a more traditional Republican Party,” said Hogan.

It was “shortsighted” for the RNC to not allow more debate over the future of the Republican Party, Hogan said.

“In Maryland, we won this very blue state, and we won because I won suburban women overwhelmingly; I won nearly a third of the African American vote in a state that has a very high minority population. No other Republicans in America are doing that,” said Hogan.

The current Republican Party, Hogan said, is not appealing to a diverse group of people: “I think the Republican Party is shrinking the base down to only a certain percentage of white males.”

Hogan said he’s for “building the Republican Party into a bigger tent that can appeal to more people.”





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About Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


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