This is becoming something of a recurring ritual in American politics at this point. It’s been an established fact for some time now that Maryland’s Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, is among the most popular governors in the country. His approval numbers consistently stay up in the 60s, sometimes going even higher. This fact is made all the more remarkable when you consider how completely blue his state is. His prolonged period of success causes considerable consternation to Maryland Democrats, but there’s not much they can do about it.
Hogan’s continued popularity has led to periodic bursts of media speculation, wondering if he might be preparing for a presidential bid. Hogan is term-limited so he can’t run for a third consecutive term in 2022, That would make him available to hit the presidential campaign trail at the perfect time, just as the runup to the 2024 elections are kicking off. But would he? He’s recently been saying and doing things one might expect from a prospective candidate, including publishing a new memoir and casting his vote this year for the Ghost of Ronald Reagan. The Baltimore Sun broke down the argument for a President Hogan this weekend, though Hogan remains mum on the subject.
For months, the Republican governor has been honing his talking points about dysfunction in Washington and the need for political leaders to set aside partisanship to work for the greater good. He’s made his pitch in national TV interviews and, more recently, on the campaign trail for GOP candidates in other states — as he did last week when he appeared live from Annapolis at an event for the governor of Vermont.
Add his targeted criticisms of President Donald Trump, a refusal to support U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the publishing of a political memoir, and his write-in vote for Ronald Reagan for president, and some say Hogan looks like a man with an eye on the White House.
Hogan is in his second four-year term as governor and is barred by term limits for running again once his term is up in January 2023. He’s been floated as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2022 election or for president in 2024.