After I wrote about Larry Hogan’s potential running mates, I had heard that he would still be having his announcement event tonight no matter what. Now his campaign has postponed the event due to “extreme winter weather.”
P. Kenneth Burns reported that Hogan told John Wagner of WaPo the event was still on, but earlier today a press release from the Hogan campaign went out reversing course.
Here’s the Hogan release:
HOGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR
Postpones Evening Rally Due to Extreme Winter Weather
ANNAPOLIS – Today Larry Hogan announced his candidacy to become Maryland’s next governor:
“An overwhelming majority of Marylanders, regardless of party, feel that we are way off track, heading in the wrong direction, and that new leadership is needed in Annapolis. And one thing is clear: we can’t change Maryland without changing governors. So after serious reflection, I have decided to answer the call, and step up to this challenge.”
“The establishment in Annapolis has just been expecting another coronation in November. But today, regardless of the weather, we’re putting them on notice that we’re going to give them the toughest fight of their lives.”
Hogan planned to make his announcement this evening before an overflow crowd of more than 500 enthusiastic supporters from all across Maryland. However, facing what forecasters are describing as ‘the largest storm in three years’ and an expectation of up to ten inches of snow in the Annapolis area, the Hogan for Governor campaign has postponed this evening’s announcement rally, and rescheduled it for Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7PM.
“While our initial intention was to continue despite the weather, as we monitored the situation overnight, it became clear this was going to be a significant weather event,” Hogan continued, “we’ve postponed today’s event, but no amount of snow is going to stop our grassroots army of 75,000 fed-up Republicans, Democrats, and Independents from bringing real change to Maryland.”
“We have already started our work to change Maryland for the better,” said Hogan, “but our primary concern today is the safety of Marylanders. Due to extreme winter storm warnings we are strongly advising our supporters to stay home and stay off the roads.”
A business owner for over 25 years, Larry Hogan has helped attract hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs to Maryland. He took time away from his successful business to serve as a Cabinet Secretary in the Ehrlich Administration, and founded the state’s largest non-partisan grassroots organization, Change Maryland, focused on bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense policies to Annapolis.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.