Hogan for Maryland

Back to Work Bus Tour: What They’re Saying

Hogan for Maryland concluded its 10-day Back To Work Bus Tourthis weekend after making 113 stops across 19 counties and Baltimore City.

See below for some stories from the trail written by reporters who spoke to Governor Hogan and the Marylanders he met along the way.

Star Democrat:Former Gov. Larry Hogan spent a day on the Mid-Shore Friday, as his “Back to Work” bus tour came through Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Talbot counties…“A lot of people are frustrated that nothing ever seems to get done in Washington, and so I think they think I got a lot done while I was governor,” he said. “They think that there’s too much divisiveness, and dysfunction and gridlock… They think that a lot of the loudest, angriest voices get all the attention, and I think they’d rather send some straight-talking, common-sense leader to try to see if they can’t clean up the mess.”

Cecil Whig: Hogan said this bus tour started over a week ago with the goal of covering as many of Maryland’s 23 counties as possible. “Most of the places we stopped at are small businesses, mom and pop stores, fire departments and sheriff’s offices,” he said. “We just want to say ‘hello’ to real people.” The governor of Maryland from 2015-2022, Hogan said he got back into seeking office to work for the state and to fix “our nation’s broken politics.”

Maryland Reporter:“The T-shirts on Hogan’s staff on Sunday said: “Send a message to Washington.” What’s the message? “I’m like 70% of the people in America,” Hogan replied. “I’m completely fed up with politics as usual. I think I’m fed up with the divisiveness and dysfunction, gridlock and the angry, partisan name-calling and the fact that nobody ever really seems to want to get anything done, which is what I’m all about. Like what we’ve done in the past 10 years here in Maryland. I think that they could use a different voice…you can reach across the aisle and find common ground for the common good.”

Washington Examiner:Gary Taylor shows Hogan a stunning maple kitchen countertop with an indigo-blue vein throughout the piece…“I am so glad he is running,” he said. “He is a once-in-a-lifetime public servant who understands the importance of showing up and good governing.” Taylor said he has no interest where Hogan stands on former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden. “I just care about what he wants to do in the U.S. Senate and if he brings sanity to Washington.”

Washington Times:Young Park, who was grocery shopping when Mr. Hogan made a campaign stop to speak with voters, was a microcosm of how the Republican has won races in a state that President Biden dominated by more than 30 percentage points. She and her husband were once registered Democrats but were persuaded by Mr. Hogan to become Republicans…“I think [Mr. Hogan] really has a good heart. That’s why I like him,” she said. “Because of him, we changed our minds to be Republican.”

TheBayNet.com: “People seem to be really pumped up about it. We see a lot of people frustrated with the broken politics in Washington and all we hear almost every day everywhere we go is ‘Thank you for running’ and ‘Please do something about cleaning up the mess,’” Hogan told The BayNet. “It’s actually more of an excitement level than when I was running for Governor because people are so concerned about the direction of the country and are so thankful, they’re like ‘You give us hope that somebody is going to be able to fix some of these things.’

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