The Maryland Democratic Party is taking aim at second-term Republican Gov. Larry Hogan by hiring an additional political operative and starting what it bills as the “Larry Hogan Accountability Initiative.”
The party described the effort as “an aggressive, rapid-response operation to shine the spotlight on Larry Hogan’s self-dealing and self-promotion on the national stage instead of focusing on Marylanders” in a news release Wednesday announcing the move.
Leading the effort is Zach Hudson, a veteran Democratic operative who most recently worked for the Democrat-aligned super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.
“It’s time for people to learn the truth about Larry Hogan,” Hudson said in the release, lobbing accusations about Hogan’s business dealings, personal wealth and decisions on infrastructure projects, including nixing the Red Line light rail project in Baltimore.
“lol,” Michael Ricci, a spokesman for Hogan, wrote in an email when asked about the announcement. “that’s my response.”
There’s widespread speculation that Hogan might seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, although it’s unclear whether Hogan could gain traction with conservative GOP primary voters who remain widely supportive of former President Donald Trump. Hogan has criticized Trump while seeking to boost his national profile and paint himself as a pragmatic moderate.
“While he goes on national television to talk about bipartisanship, the real Larry Hogan is a partisan bully who has vetoed important legislation like police reform and overseen one of the weakest pandemic recoveries in the nation,” Yvette Lewis, chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, said in the party’s press release.
State law bars Hogan from seeking a third, four-year term in 2022. He’s enjoyed strong approval ratings despite the deeply Democratic tilt to Maryland’s voters and he easily secured re-election in 2018 over Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee.