Top Potential Candidate Bows Out From Consideration, Decides Not To Challenge Trump

Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will not be running for the presidency in 2020, he revealed in a series of tweets on Saturday afternoon.

Hogan, who many Never Trump Republican voters wanted to run as a more moderate and temperate alternative to Trump, said he appreciated the support he received but will remain as governor and serving his own state.

“I truly appreciate all of the encouragement I received from people around the nation urging me to consider making a run for President in 2020. However, I will not be a candidate,” Hogan said in a tweet.

He added: “Instead, I am dedicated to serving my second-term as Maryland Governor and in my new role leading the America’s governors as the incoming Chairman of the National Governors Association.”

Hogan, instead, said he would be working to unify the country in a different capacity leaving room for a potential run in the future.

“That work is important, and I believe both of those roles will give me the opportunity to make an impact on the direction of my party and our nation,” Hogan continued. “I also want to play a major national role in the years ahead, both within my own party and in the path our country takes.”

Hogan said, “That is why I launched An America United because I am fed up with the broken and divisive ‘politics as usual’ and know we can do better.”

Adding, “We can reject the extremes of both political parties, work to break partisan gridlock, and bring people together to advance bold solutions for all Americans.”

Hogan said he was going to continue pushing for bipartisanship and trust between the parties in his own state: “In Maryland, we have created an environment of trust and cooperation, where the best ideas rise to the top based upon their merit, regardless of which side of the political aisle they come from.”

The governor contended the country needs a lighthouse for unification—to know politics does not need to be divisive or violent, as it has become, but used to better help people regardless of their differences.

“Working together, we have achieved real, bipartisan, common-sense solutions to the serious problems facing our state,” Hogan said.

He concluded: “If we can accomplish that in Maryland, then there is no place in America where these same principles cannot succeed. Let us seek that middle ground where we can all stand together and once again unite America.”

The Hill reports:

The Maryland Republican said he made the decision after long discussions with his family.

“We got up every morning, walked on the beach and saw the sunrise, watched some sunsets. We were really just thinking. I would say there were mixed reviews” Hogan, 63, told the Post. “The kids were pretty excited about it. My wife thinks it was the right decision not to.”

“Her big push was, ‘You just got reelected to a second term as governor. You made a commitment to the people of Maryland and that’s where your focus should be.’ She said there is plenty of time to think about the future but right now my attention should be on my day job,” he added. 

Hogan’s decision is just the latest disappointment for the narrowing group of Republicans who had hoped to deny Trump the 2020 presidential nomination. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) suggested Friday he too will not challenge the president.