Larry Hogan Jr. Jumps Into the Governor’s Race

Larry Hogan Jr., Appointments Secretary for former governor Ehrlich, is setting up an exploratory committee, Hogan for Maryland, to run for governor.

Hogan’s announcement however, makes clear that he would step aside should Ehrlich decide on a rematch with Martin O’Malley. “Should my friend decide to run, he would have my enthusiastic support, as he always has, and nobody would work harder for him.”

The Hogan name is no stranger to Maryland politics. His father, Larry Hogan Sr., won three terms to Congress running as a Republican in the deep blue fifth district, and ousted incumbent Winfield Kelly Jr. for Prince George’s County Executive.

The younger Hogan nearly pulled off the impossible in 1992: beating Steny Hoyer. Hogan challenged Hoyer for his father’s old congressional seat. Hoyer, who won with only 51% of the vote, called it the “toughest race of his entire political career.”

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Hogan, who founded a successful commercial real estate brokerage, understands the threats to small business, taxpayers, and working families from O’Malley’s reckless spending, taxation, and mindless regulation.

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