Baltimore, Maryland – Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared on Sunday that he will not run for Senate in the Old Line State in 2024, despite calls from members of his party to do so. Hogan is the first Republican governor in the state’s history to make such a decision.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” co-anchor Jake Tapper inquired whether Hogan was considering a presidential run. Hogan said he is focused on completing his time as governor, which ends in January 2023.
“I intend to serve as governor until the end of the fiscal year in January of next year.” I intend to do everything in my power to be the finest governor possible. I intend to continue to speak up and be a voice for others. The governor stated, “I’m not going to sit back and not be involved in the concerns of the day.”
The direction in which the party and the country are heading has me concerned. He continued, “And I’ll make a choice in 2024 after I’m finished with this job.”
On being asked whether or not he is considering a presidential run, Hogan responded, “We’re certainly going to take a look at it after January of ’23.”
When Hogan revealed at a press conference on Tuesday that he would not be running for the United States Senate, the speculation came to an abrupt end. He admitted that he had pondered running for governor, but finally concluded that he should concentrate on finishing his second term in office.
His announcement came despite a lobbying effort by a number of prominent Republicans who urged the moderate Republican governor to run for president.
He becomes the second Republican governor in a row to withdraw from consideration for the Senate. In November, Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire declared that he would seek re-election to a second term as governor of the Granite State.
As part of his decision not to run for senator, Hogan stated on Sunday that he was concerned about a lack of activity in Washington.
“I’ve worked as an executive for the majority of my life. As governor of Maryland, I have a great deal more authority. “I make decisions every day that have an influence on people’s lives, and I enjoy seeing things through to completion,” he said.
“And in Washington, it appears as though there is simply a lot of division and dysfunction, and that not much gets accomplished.” As a result, it wasn’t the right work or the right match for him, he continued.