Larry Hogan Enters Senate Race Despite Earlier Stance on Ambition

NNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 16: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (C) and his wife Yumi Hogan (5th L) pose for photographs with Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore (L), his wife Dawn Moore (R) and their children Mia (2nd L) and James in front of Government House on December 16, 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland. The first Black person to be elected governor of Maryland and only the third Black person to be elected the governor of a state.

Larry Hogan, the former Republican governor of Maryland, recently made a surprising announcement about his US Senate run. In a previous interview, he expressed his lack of enthusiasm for becoming a senator, stating that he would find it frustrating and that it did not align with his skill set.

Despite acknowledging his potential to win a seat, he seemed hesitant about taking on the role of a senator. Hogan made some striking remarks during an interview last May with Johanna Maska, host of the Press Advance podcast and a former White House aide to Barack Obama. These remarks may now have consequences for him.

Hogan concluded his tenure as governor of Maryland in January 2023, following two successful terms in office.

An influential Republican figure in a predominantly Democratic state, he has been associated for a while with a potential run for president alongside No Labels, a centrist organization exploring the possibility of challenging Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the expected Republican candidate.

On Friday, though, Politico was the first to break the news that Hogan had entered the race to replace Ben Cardin, a retiring Democrat, in the US Senate. In a video announcement, Hogan expressed his intention to run for the United States senate. He emphasized his commitment to standing up to both parties, fighting for Maryland, and addressing the issues with our nation’s politics.

It’s the approach I took during my time as Maryland’s governor, and it’s the same approach I will bring to serving Maryland in the Senate. Let’s resume our tasks. He may need to clarify his comments to Maska.

From Governor to Senator: Hogan’s Unexpected Path

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks to guests at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting on November 18, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting comes on the heels of former President Donald Trump becoming the first candidate to declare his intention to seek the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race.


When questioned about his previous statements regarding his Senate run, Hogan responded by emphasizing that he never had a strong inclination to become a senator. “You know, I thoroughly enjoy being governor. I have extensive experience in running businesses throughout my entire career.

Hogan’s decision to run for Senate coincided with the week when Republicans in the chamber, under the influence of Trump, failed to pass their own border and immigration reform bill.

Hogan stands out as a Republican who has been openly critical of the former president. During his interview with Maska, he mentioned the efforts made by the Senate GOP to recruit him as a moderate candidate in a party that has recently seen a series of extremist candidates lose in important states.

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