Outgoing Republican Maryland Gov.dropped some big hints about his political future, even telling a roomful of about 1,700 supporters and donors that there would be no major announcements Wednesday night.
“I understand there has been some speculation about my future,” he joked to the crowd during an event in Hanover, Maryland, to celebrate his time as governor. Adopting a more serious tone, he told the audience that he would spend the next year talking with family and friends “to determine how best I can serve our great nation.”
“I think you all know that I care very deeply about this country,” he said. “And I have never been more concerned about the direction of our country. What I can tell you tonight is that I am not going to give up on the Republican Party or America.”
Asked about former President Donald Trump by CBS NewsAlong with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, Hogan called it “outrageous and unconscionable”, but said he was not surprised. Days after Trump announced his third bid for the presidency, he dined with Fuentes and Kanye West at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, coming under heavy criticism for anti-Semitic remarks made on social media. I have come Afterwards, Trump claimed that he did not know who Fuentes was.
Hogan, when asked whether his party was responding adequately to Trump’s dinner with Fuentes and West, said, “On the one hand, it’s a disgrace and more people should speak up.”
And yet, “on the other hand, we have to stop talking about Donald Trump,” Hogan said. “The party and the country need to move ahead of them,” he said.
To bookend his comments were highly produced videos by Hogan’s political group, “An America United”, which highlighted the perceived successes of the Hogan administration and his response to the pandemic and the pandemic., Both videos ended with phrases pointing to the future: “Stay with us” and “This is just the beginning.”
Hogan held a fundraiser for his new federal PAC, “A Better Path Forward”, above his main event. He also held a summit on Wednesday in Annapolis, Maryland, where he hosted notable Republicans, including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice .
Speaking to reporters, Hogan indicated that $1.2 million was raised at Wednesday night’s event.
“Tonight, 1,700 people gave us 1.2 million reasons why we should consider staying in politics,” he said.