Larry Hogan, the former Republican governor of the state of Maryland, has declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
“I am running for the United States Senate – not to serve one party – but to stand up to both parties, fight for Maryland, and fix our nation’s broken politics,” Hogan wrote on X. “It’s what I did as Maryland’s governor, and it’s exactly how I’ll serve Maryland in the Senate. Let’s get back to work.”
During his tenure from 2015 to 2023, Hogan was known for his moderate political stance and left office with a high approval rating across the state, including significant support from Democrats. His decision to run for the Senate was influenced by encouragement from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, with Sen. Steve Daines playing a key role in persuading him to enter the race as Republicans aim to gain a majority in the 2024 elections.
Previously, Hogan had dismissed the idea of running for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. He had expressed a lack of interest in becoming a U.S. senator, a stance he maintained despite being considered a potential third-party presidential candidate by the political group No Labels.
Hogan, who has been a critic of former President Donald Trump, stepped down from his co-chair position at No Labels last month, fueling speculation about his political ambitions. His resignation coincided with No Labels’ efforts to secure ballot access for the 2024 general election.
In his campaign announcement video, Hogan voiced his frustration with the current state of politics, emphasizing the need for action over arguments.
“The politicians in Washington seem to be more interested in arguing than in actually getting things done for the people they represent,” he remarked. “Enough is enough. We can do so much better, but not if we keep electing the same kind of typical partisan politicians.”
Hogan’s bid for the Senate marks an attempt to become the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland since Sen. Charles Mathias in 1987. He is running for the seat held by Cardin since 2007, with Maryland’s junior Sen. Chris Van Hollen having been elected in 2016.
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