Republican Governor Stokes Fire He'll Challenge Trump in 2020
He cruised to reelection in November by nearly 300,000 votes in deep blue Maryland.
Now, the 62-year-old is implicitly going after the president on the stump, meeting with political insiders, and even planning a trip to Iowa – all stoking speculation the cancer survivor is mulling a primary challenge against the incumbent president. (Politico)
Hogan used his inaugural address on Wednesday to repudiate the “debilitating politics” of Washington — and to raise the specter of impeachment. He recalled how his father, former Rep. Lawrence Hogan, was the first Republican congressman to support the removal of Richard Nixon.
The governor didn’t utter Trump’s name, but the implication was clear.
“Despite tremendous political pressure, he put aside partisanship and answered the demands of his conscience to do what he thought was the right thing for the nation that he loved,” Hogan said of his late father.
The White House is paying close attention. The president’s political aides have been monitoring the Maryland governor for months, and several said they regarded the inauguration speech as an unmistakable act of aggression. They noted that Trump 2016 primary rival Jeb Bush was a featured speaker at the ceremony, and that Mark Salter, a longtime Republican speechwriter and a fierce Trump critic, helped craft Hogan’s address.
Despite the Trump campaign already organizing for 2020 and the president consolidating his support within the Republican Party, a small, yet powerful group of Republican donors, operatives, and activists remain intent on stopping him.