As I’ve said before, I may not endorse a primary candidate for Governor. If I do it will be closer to the primary election itself. However, I do have to comment on other people endorsing someone who isn’t even an announced candidate yet.
Jackie Wellfonder kicked things off by endorsing Larry Hogan back in mid-September:
To run a successful campaign and have a legitimate chance at winning, you need the whole package. Larry Hogan can deliver that. I disagree with my friend and colleague Michael Swartz that it’s a disadvantage that Larry hasn’t entered the race already. The title of Michael’s post in response to my radio show is ‘Can Hogan be a Maryland hero in 2014?‘ When I retweeted the article, I added, “In a word, yes.” It’s that simple my friends, I believe it. After my conversation with Larry, I had a level of enthusiasm that I had not yet been able to achieve regarding the race for Maryland’s next Governor. He gets it, and I also believe he understands exactly what steps he’ll need to take to get the job done.
Red Maryland jumped in and endorsed Hogan this morning:
There is blood in the water. And we could very well elect a Republican Governor next year.Our nominee for Governor needs to be able to adequately speak to the people of Maryland on those issues. They need to have the experience of government service, along with the experience in business to understand why it is so important that Maryland needs to be able to improve its economic climate in order to attract and retain businesses and create jobs. They need to be able to show a proven ability to attract top talent, assemble a good team, and achieve success, both in business and in politics.For those reasons, we are endorsing Larry Hogan to be the next Governor of Maryland.