Last month, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Trump impeachment backer that the former commander in chief is aiming to beat in 2022, hosted a fundraiser. She was joined by a fellow Republican who had trekked from Maryland: Maryland Governor. Larry Hogan.
This incursion was part of a larger effort Hogan launched to support the growing list of Republicans that former President Donald Trump is trying to oust in this year’s midterm elections. Hogan hosted fundraisers in Georgia for Gov. Brian Kemp has hosted fundraisers for him, and he is open to helping other pro-impeachment politicians, such as Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who will be pit against a Trump-endorsed Republican challenger. He has repeatedly called for the Republican Governors Association (RGA) to defend Kemp and the other incumbents under attack, which is a position that the group has supported.
Hogan, a popular governor of blue-state GOP who said he was open to challenging Trump in the 2020 election, is now positioning himself as a strong critic of Trump and an outspoken voice in Trump’s Republican Party.
“It’s crazy. We’ve got the former president going after all these really good elected Republicans, and so I’m trying to support people who I think deserve to be in office. We’re trying to help people wherever we can, and I’m sure we’re going to be doing a lot more of it,” Hogan said.
Hogan has started building a national political infrastructure after he considered challenging Trump for the presidency in 2020. An America United was founded by his supporters last year. It is a non-profit group that promotes the governor as a bipartisan solution solver.
Hogan, who is not eligible to run for another term next year as governor, has started meeting donors and speaking at national GOP events. He will be speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute’s Time for Choosing Speaker Series in May about the future Republican Party. This forum has attracted a variety of potential 2024 candidates.
His attention has also shifted to the Republicans who have taken on the former President. Hogan’s non-profit has started running digital ads to support Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), a six term congresswoman who is being challenged by Joe Kent, a Trump-backed Army veteran. Peter Thiel, a well-known conservative donor, has provided financial support to the challenger.
“I think the biggest threat to Republican success next year … is Trump, and Trump cancel culture, what he’s trying to do to screw up these races. And asking people to swear blind allegiance to Trump is going to cause us to lose some races,” Hogan claimed.