MARYLAND MATTERS: Former Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who for years disavowed any interest in serving in the U.S. Senate, has had a change of heart and announced a last-minute bid for Maryland’s vacant Senate seat on Friday afternoon — hours before the filing deadline for candidates to enter the May 14 primary.
In an announcement video that lasted 2 minutes and 48 seconds, with Hogan directly addressing the camera, he cast his decision to run as a crusade to bring common sense policy debates to the broken politics of Capitol Hill.
“Like a vast majority of Marylanders, I’m completely fed up with politics as usual,” Hogan said. “Politicians in Washington seem more interested in arguing than in getting anything done for the people they represent. Enough is enough. We can do so much better — but not if we keep electing the same kind of partisan politicians. Look, I don’t come from the performative art school of politics. I come from the get to work and get things done school. And I’ll work with anyone who wants to work on the people’s business.”
Hogan’s decision instantly transforms the race to replace departing U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D) — a seat the Democrats felt confident they would hold in November.