Hogan decision not to run for president hits as potential supporters meet


Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement Sunday that he will not run for president even though the Republican Party needs a candidate who isn’t former President Donald Trump came as the kind of people who might have rallied to Hogan were gathering for a summit in Washington.

In a recorded statement played Sunday at the Principles First summit at a downtown hotel — which served as a GOP counterpoint to the Conservative Political Action Conference that cheered Trump at a suburban Maryland resort — Hogan talked about the need to “put partisanship aside” and move beyond “angry divisive politics.” But he did not bring up his decision not to run for president, which he shared that morning in a CBS News interview and a New York Times op-ed.

“To once again be a successful governing party, we must move on from Donald Trump,” Hogan said in a statement. “There are several competent Republican leaders who have the potential to step up and lead. But the stakes are too high for me to risk being part of another multicar pileup that could potentially help Mr. Trump recapture the nomination.”

Hogan, a Republican who won two terms as governor in a state that also backed Democrat Joe Biden over Trump by 33 percentage points in 2020, has been critical of Trump and aligned himself with the bipartisan congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. In his statement, he said he did not want to put his family through another campaign. 

Heath Mayo, an attorney and founder of Principles First, said Hogan’s decision is “a sign of, probably, Trump’s relative strength” and a belief that splintering the opposition could help Trump ride his fervent base to the nomination again. 

Las Vegas News Magazine

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