Tonight in a ball room at Mike’s Crab House in Annapolis, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan held a rally after his campaign announcement last week was cancelled because of the weather. At the rally tonight Hogan promised three items he will do when governor, including lowering taxes, considering the middle class, and restoring integrity to the office. Hogan was brought to the podium by his daughter Jamie and after his speech announced his running mate, former General Services Secretary Boyd Rutherford.
Rutherford gave a speech promising to use his management skills in the position of lieutenant governor. A position that has no constitutional duties. As Rutherford noted this is particularly apt given the current lieutenant governor Anthony Brown’s failure to oversee the roll out of the Maryland health exchange, his primary task the last two years.
Brown is of course seeking the Democratic nomination for governor against current attorney general Doug Gansler. Hogan in his speech openly questioned the wisdom of electing either the current number two or three man in Maryland government.
The crowd at the rally was quite enthusiastic, though the ballroom was only half full and divided by the cameras set up to record the speeches. Several current elected Republican officials were in attendance along with Hogan’s father, former Congressman and Prince George’s County Executive Larry Hogan, Sr.
Hogan faces a Republican primary against Harford County Executive David Craig, Delegate Ron George, Charles Lollar, and Brian Vaeth. The Maryland primary is June 24.