The Washington Post reported that Governor Hogan is working to support Republicans in tough races “with a flurry of fundraisers this month for GOP candidates from Vermont to Nebraska.”
Governor Hogan has filmed ads for Senator Susan Collins and is providing support to “pragmatic Republicans” across the country, including Rep. John Katko, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Don Bacon, Tom Kean Jr., and Gov. Phil Scott.
“Many of the candidates Hogan is backing frequently come from centrist enclaves or suburban areas.” Through his efforts, Governor Hogan is “establishing a network of like-minded Republicans who are able to support each other regardless of who wins the White House next month.”
“Hogan’s latest rejection of his party’s standard-bearer comes as he works to expand his political network nationwide ahead of a possible 2024 presidential bid, with a flurry of fundraisers this month for GOP candidates from Vermont to Nebraska who also cast themselves as pragmatic Republicans.
Many of the candidates Hogan is backing frequently come from centrist enclaves or suburban areas where the governor said he ‘could help a little bit and show Democrats the kind of Republican they can feel comfortable voting for.’
Last month, Hogan endorsed and filmed ads for Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), a New England Republican who is in a tough race. On Thursday, he held a virtual fundraiser for Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.
On Oct. 22, he and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ® — who also isn’t voting for the president — will hold a virtual town hall for Vermont Gov. Phil Scott ®
As governor, Hogan said his priority remains the pandemic and related issues in the state. But he acknowledged that he wants to keep building political relationships outside of Maryland, with the intention of establishing a network of like-minded Republicans who are able to support each other regardless of who wins the White House next month.
His political activities were fueled earlier in the year by the release of his memoir, ‘Still Standing,’ and are centered on his national political group, An America United, aides said.
Hogan has traveled out of state to support House GOP candidates, such as Tom Kean Jr. in New Jersey and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Kean is the son of former New Jersey governor Tom Kean Sr., one of the GOP’s longtime moderate voices. Fitzpatrick represents a critical district in one of the nation’s battlegrounds. A former FBI agent, he is known for being bipartisan and supporting environmental protections.
A Hogan adviser said the Kean event on Oct. 5 in Far Hills, N.J., was outside with ‘everyone wearing masks, and it was distanced.’
Hogan said he will hold a virtual fundraiser for Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) later this month. While Bacon, a retired Air Force brigadier general, has endorsed Trump, he — like Hogan — has urged both the president and Democrats to be more civil.
‘For the most part, they’re similar types of guys,’ Hogan said. ‘They’re fed up with politics as usual … I’m helping Susan Collins and Phil Scott and Tom Kean and Fitzpatrick because I believe in them. These are the people the party needs more of.”