I’m running for the United States Senate – not to serve one party – but to fix our nation’s broken politics and fight for Maryland. It’s what I did as your governor, and it’s exactly how I’ll serve you.
Fifty years ago, my father, Maryland Congressman Larry Hogan Sr. made a tough decision. He became the first Republican to come out for the impeachment of President Nixon. He put aside party politics and his own personal considerations and stepped up to do the right thing for Maryland and the nation.
Today, Washington is completely broken because that kind of leadership and willingness to put country over party, has become far too rare.
Marylanders – you know me.
For eight years, we proved that the toxic politics that divide our nation need not divide our state. We overcame unprecedented challenges: cut taxes eight years in a row – balanced the budget – and created a record surplus.
And we did it all by finding common ground for the common good.
Because Maryland is the state of middle temperament.
We believe in common decency and common sense. Like most of you, I’m completely fed up with politics-as-usual and politicians in Washington who are more interested in arguing than getting anything done for the people.
Enough is enough.
We can do so much better, but not if we keep electing the same kind of typical partisan politicians.
Over eight years – just down the road from Washington – we have already shown a better path forward.
One party alone can’t fix it.
Let’s face it, we desperately need leadership willing to stand up to both parties. Leadership that appreciates that no one of us has all the answers or all the power.
This is not just about the differences between the right and the left. This is about the difference between right and wrong.
And this isn’t just the typical fight between Democrats and Republicans.
It’s more important than that. This is a fight for Maryland and America’s future, and that is a fight worth fighting.
And that’s why I have made the decision to run for the United States Senate – not to serve one party – but to fix our nation’s broken politics and fight for Maryland.
It’s what I did as your governor, and it’s exactly how I’ll serve you in the United States Senate.
Let’s get back to work.