ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — In the second half of his second term, Gov. Larry Hogan is looking for his second act after gaining national notoriety as the rare, prominent Republican willing to go to blows with now-former President Donald Trump.
Hogan is showing he is perfectly capable of taking on President Biden, questioning the Democrat’s commitment to bipartisanship and accusing him of capitulating to the teachers unions in his first weeks in office. But the governor’s political relevancy was fueled by intramural sparring with Trump, now semi-retired to Florida. As Hogan mulls a 2024 presidential bid while guiding Maryland’s coronavirus recovery efforts, he is being challenged to reimagine his persona and broaden his national appeal.
“I don’t really care so much about my future in the Republican Party. I just care that there’s a future for the Republican Party,” Hogan told the Washington Examiner this week, during a wide-ranging interview in his spacious office inside the historic Maryland