Maryland Governor shares philosophy with NHIOP crowd

Larry Hogan on October 6, 2022. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

GOFFSTOWN, NH – How can a Republican win an election in a predominantly Democratic area? Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan linked that response to a larger overarching philosophy about the current state of the country during a visit to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College during New England’s latest Politics and Eggs event. Council Thursday.

Hogan, who served two terms as governor of Maryland and is the first Republican re-elected to that position since the 1950s, reiterated that Americans are looking for common-sense, bipartisan solutions and are upset with the two major national political parties for their stand. focus on selfish initiatives.

While Hogan has criticized President Joe Biden as well as the Democratic Party for these purposes, saying Biden caters to the far left and “scourges” from crisis to crisis. Without naming her by name, Hogan also criticized former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for her comments during a riot in 2015.

Hogan did not elaborate on comparable extremism within the Republican Party, without mentioning former President Donald Trump in his remarks.

Instead, he held himself up as an example of how Republicans can win elections, even in places where they’re outnumbered two-to-one, by sticking to conservatism and putting the emphasis on governance rather than partisanship.

“I am ready to stand up and fight for things that really matter, but not for business as usual politics and not to perpetuate polarization and paralysis,” he said. “America needs workhorses, not more show ponies. It’s time for less talk and more action.

In a question and answer period after his prepared remarks, he again attacked Biden on inflation and his response to the invasion of Ukraine while praising Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He also said Biden overstepped his authority regarding the cancellation of student loans, but noted that this was a problem and said the reduction in tuition, the ability to deduct student loans from taxes and a more wide variety of university programs was a better approach.

He also criticized fellow Republican governors for sending undocumented migrants to other states, but also criticized Biden again for failing to act on the issue.

While Hogan said he wouldn’t endorse Trump if he ran again in 2024, he declined to say whether he could run for president himself once his gubernatorial term ends in January. instead claiming that he was focused on his current role up to this point. and will hold a “leadership summit” afterwards.

However, he believes he will play a role after his term ends, either as a candidate or as an advocate for the Republican Party.

“I want the Republican Party to come back and win the election very deeply. I think a competitive two-party system is essential to our democracy,” he said. “I’m concerned about the direction of the country and I’m going to be a voice one way or another. I will do everything I can to help get the country back on track.