I previously wrote about the blogger event Larry Hogan’s campaign was holding this afternoon.
Michael Swartz, who wasn’t invited, wrote about the event and noted that the time of day of the event would make it tough for many people. Swartz also recounts the amount of access other candidates including David Craig and Charles Lollar have compared to Hogan.
Swartz then writes:
Then again, what do I know? In the scheme of things I’m just a blogger whose main complaint about the Hogan campaign isn’t lack of access but lack of detail, as in his plans for governance should he be fortunate enough to win. Maybe I’m just one voter but I have a lot of pet issues, so that’s why I want to know.
Hannah Marr of the Hogan campaign couldn’t help herself and had to react to my previous piece on Twitter:
I would thank Ms. Marr for the affirmation since I’ve heard nothing but how pissed off she and others in the Hogan campaign get whenever I write about them.
Moving on to the event itself…
The bloggers present in the room were Greg Kline and Brian Griffiths of Red Maryland, Dennis McIver (a.k.a. @dennisthecynic) of City that Breeds, and Carol Ott of Baltimore Slumlord Watch. Jackie Wellfonder was not there but participated via telephone. [UPDATE: My good friend Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media tweeted about the event as he was listening in via telephone.] In addition to that, Matthew Newman and Richard Cross were invited but didn’t attend.
Besides Larry Hogan himself, there were various campaign staffers who were there for all or part of the meeting. These included Steve Crim, Hannah Marr, Chris Cavey, and new communications staffer Adam Dubitsky. I heard from multiple people involved in the meeting that Dubitsky stood out, which is a good thing for the campaign. As I noted in my post before the meeting, I am optimistic that having a cmnmunications professional like Dubitsky involved in the campaign will help them immensely with how they handle their dealings with the media and bloggers.
Most of the discussion centered around why Hogan decided to run and what the polling numbers show his chances are. Nothing really new was covered. For anyone who has seen Hogan speak before, follows the campaign online, or has received emails or direct mail, it was largely a rehash.
As I noted before, the time the event was scheduled for was bad and limited who could actually attend. That and how tightly the Hogan campaign attempted to limit access to the event caused a situation where there were as many people involved from the campaign as there were bloggers.
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.