We Combed Through the Index of Hogan’s Book So You Don’t Have To

The cover of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.'s book, "Still Standing." Image via An America United

Anytime someone famous writes a memoir, everyone in the author’s orbit rushes to the book’s index to see whether they’re in it.

The index of Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s new autobiography, “Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics That Divide America,” is very revealing. It says a lot about how he views the world — and the world he aspires to be a part of.

Hogan’s book, his early foray into the 2024 presidential election conversation, is overwhelmingly triumphal — and largely ignores or gives short shrift to major Maryland political players with whom he comes into regular contact. It seems that he’s moved on.

For the past 5 1/2 years, Hogan has sat side-by-side with state Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) at bimonthly Board of Public Works meetings, but she gets no mentions in his book. The other member of the BPW, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot, has arguably been Hogan’s most enthusiastic Democratic cheerleader since Hogan took office, burnishing the governor’s cherished reputation for bipartisanship. Franchot is mentioned once.

State House lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Hogan’s in 2014 when few other insiders gave him a chance, and remains one of his biggest fans. Bereano mentions in the book? Zero.

Timothy F. Maloney is a powerbroker attorney and lifelong Hogan friend who is one of the governor’s most valued informal advisers. He’s mentioned once, as Hogan recounts his high school years.

Hogan devotes five chapters of the book to the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015 — touting his emphatic role in maintaining order in the city. But the late U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D) walked the streets of his home town morning, noon and night at the time and is also widely credited with keeping the peace. Cummings gets one brief mention in Hogan’s book — for attending Gray’s funeral along with other African-American leaders.

But Hogan’s late Shih Tzu, Lexi, is mentioned in four places. And the book has lengthy passages about his encounters with Pope Francis, country music star Tim McGraw and Ivanka Trump, and includes the observation that the president’s daughter is more beautiful in person than she is in pictures.

Maryland Matters has read “Still Standing,” and now, as a public service, distills the book’s index in a way that might be useful for Maryland readers.

We’ve divided the mentioned into five categories: Republican elected officials, Republican operatives/members of Hogan’s administration, Democratic candidates or elected officials, other notable Maryland personages, and journalists. Hogan’s family members are not included here.

In each category we list the individuals in alphabetical order and the page numbers where you can find them mentioned. If they’re mentioned by Hogan more than three times, we’ll list the number of times they’re mentioned, rather than the page numbers. And in a few instances, we’ll include excerpts of what Hogan wrote about these individuals. So hunker down and look for familiar names.

Republican elected officials and candidates

  • Wes Adams, former Anne Arundel County state’s attorney, p. 97
  • Helen Bentley, former congresswoman, p. 43
  • David Bossie, Republican National Committeeman from Maryland, former deputy campaign manager to President Trump, pages 262-263. Excerpt, about Bossie whipping up opposition to Hogan’s 2019 trip to New Hampshire: “‘Look, Dave,’ I said, ‘what you’re doing doesn’t hurt me. It gets me more attention. It makes Trump look weak. But none of that matters. You just can’t divide the state party in the middle of the legislative session and make legislators choose between their unpopular president, who is at twenty-six percent approval in Maryland, and their governor, who is at seventy-eight.'”
  • David Craig, former Harford County executive, Hogan GOP primary opponent, pp. 56, 61
  • Bob Ehrlich, former governor, 12 mentions. Excerpt, about Hogan wearing traditional Korean garb for part of his wedding to Yumi Hogan: “When Bob Ehrlich saw me dressed like that, he couldn’t restrain himself from making fun of my hat, which he seemed to think resembled a certain Disney character. ‘M-I-C,’ the governor of Maryland began to sing, ‘K-E-Y — ‘ By the time he got to the second M, he was laughing so hard at his own performance, he couldn’t go on.”
  • Ron George, former state lawmaker, Hogan GOP primary foe, pp. 56, 61
  • Louise Gore, 1974 nominee for governor, pp. 18, 20
  • Allan Kittleman, former Howard County executive and ex-lawmaker, p. 241
  • Charles Lollar, 2014 GOP candidate for governor, pp. 56, 61
  • Theodore McKeldin, former governor, 4 mentions
  • John Morgan, former state lawmaker, p. 32
  • Don Murphy, former state lawmaker, p. 58
  • Justin Ready, current state senator, mentioned in his capacity as a state GOP staffer, p. 50
  • Steve Schuh, former Anne Arundel County executive, p. 241
  • Michael Steele, former lieutenant governor, later Republican National Committee chairman, pp. 12, 43, 247
  • Craig Wolf, 2018 nominee for attorney general, p. 240

GOP operatives/members of the Hogan administration

  • Sam Abed, former state corrections secretary, p.95
  • Amanda Allen, scheduler, 6 mentions
  • Jim Barnett, reelection campaign manager, 4 mentions
  • Kara Bowman, staffer, 10 mentions
  • Jim Brady, chairman of Hogan’s transition team, pp. 86, 92
  • David Brinkley, Budget secretary, pp. 95, 101, 102
  • Shareese Churchill, press secretary, p. 221
  • Alex Clark, staffer, pp. 112, 120
  • Matt Clark, communications director and later chief of staff, 8 mentions
  • Steve Crim, 2014 campaign manager and top staffer, 11 mentions
  • James Fielder, secretary of Higher Education, p. 95
  • Kyle Gilbert, staffer, p. 190
  • Mike Gill, state Commerce secretary, p. 95
  • Ben Grumbles, state Environment secretary, p. 95
  • Ron Gunzburger, longtime Hogan adviser and campaign manager of his 1992 race against Rep. Steny Hoyer (D), 11 mentions
  • Marina Hardy, staffer, p. 50
  • Tim Hutchins, former Homeland Security director, p. 111
  • Tom Kelso, campaign chairman, pp. 86, 236
  • Rona Kramer, Department of Aging secretary, p. 95
  • Mike Leavitt, adviser, 4 mentions
  • Marty Madden, former state senator, p. 32
  • Sam Malhotra, former Human Resources secretary, former chief of staff, p. 95
  • Hannah Marr, press aide, p. 20
  • Allison Mayer, staffer, p. 232
  • Doug Mayer, former State House and campaign communications director, 15 mentions
  • Kyle McColgan, staffer, 6 mentions
  • Roy McGrath, current chief of staff, p. 303
  • Allison Meyers, major Hogan fundraiser, p. 232
  • Keiffer Mitchell, staffer, former elected official, 9 mentions. Excerpt, describing his hospital visitors when he was being treated for cancer: “Keiffer Mitchell brought fresh-squeezed orange juice. Besides being my senior advisor, Keiffer had a side business making selling fresh juice at a farmers market in Baltimore. I’m not saying the man had found his true talent, but Keiffer squeezed some excellent juice.”
  • Bobby Neall, multi-faceted adviser, now state Health secretary, p. 101
  • Ashley O’Connor, media strategist, p. 70
  • George Owings, state Veterans Affairs secretary, p. 95
  • Col. Bill Pallozzi, former superintendent of the Maryland State Police, pp. 109, 114, 137
  • Fran Phillips, deputy secretary for public health, pp. 278, 284
  • Jim Petit, economist and adviser, p. 52
  • Pete Rahn, former state Transportation secretary, p. 95
  • Matt Proud, staffer, p. 50
  • Al Redmer, former lawmaker and state Insurance commissioner, mentioned as a candidate for Baltimore County executive, p. 241. Excerpt, as Hogan tallies Republican losses in Maryland on election night 2018, despite his own big win: “The Trump effect was devastating for my fellow Maryland Republicans. In 2014 I’d had the longest coattails of any Republican gubernatorial candidate ever…But nearly all those gains were wiped out in one night by the negative reaction to Donald Trump…None of our efforts could overcome the anti-Trump backlash at the polls. In all, the party lost three key county executive races, eight general assembly seats, and countless other county and local seats across the state. Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, great leaders who ran great campaigns, both lost their seats to Democrats. In Baltimore County my good friend state insurance commissioner Al Redmer, lost his race to progressive Democrat Johnny Olszewski. This means that, in addition to the Legislature, all of Maryland’s most populous jurisdictions would be controlled by Democrats.”
  • Boyd Rutherford, lieutenant governor, 22 mentions
  • Bob Scholtz, Hogan’s counsel, 6 mentions
  • Russ Schriefer, Hogan’s media consultant, 14 mentions
  • Kelly Schulz, ex-lawmaker who became state Labor secretary and is now Commerce secretary, p. 95
  • Chris Shank, former lawmaker and Hogan legislative liaison, p. 114
  • Linda Singh, director of the Maryland National Guard, 4 mentions
  • Scott Sloofman, reelection campaign spokesman, p. 231
  • Clay Stamp, Maryland Emergency Management Administration director, pp. 116, 117
  • Craig Williams, former chief of staff, 7 mentions

Democratic elected officials and candidates

  • Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County executive, p. 251
  • Rushern Baker, former Prince George’s executive and 2018 candidate for governor, pp. 221, 222
  • Anthony Brown, former lieutenant governor and now a congressman, 2014 gubernatorial nominee, 23 mentions. Excerpt: “Brown was plenty smart. He had a glowing resume. But he also had a stiff personality. He wasn’t a real open, friendly guy. When he was campaigning, he was highly scripted and carefully coached. This stiffness really worked to my advantage during the televised debates.”
  • Mike Busch, late House speaker, pp. 103, 247
  • Elijah Cummings, late congressman, p. 111
  • John Delaney, former Maryland congressman, pp. 198, 199. Excerpt, about the time Delaney rented a truck to circle the State House, taunting Hogan about whether he’d support Trump for president in 2016: “I just ignored Delaney, and he went away soon enough, eventually launching a hopeless campaign for president in 2020 after his pollsters told him he had no chance of beating me in 2018.”
  • Sheila Dixon, former mayor of Baltimore, p. 111
  • Brian Frosh, Maryland attorney general, p. 240
  • Doug Gansler, former attorney general, p. 56
  • Parris Glendening, former governor, 4 mentions
  • Steny Hoyer, congressman who defeated Hogan in 1992, 9 mentions
  • Ben Jealous, 2018 gubernatorial nominee, 14 mentions. Excerpt, about Jealous emerging broke from the Democratic primary: “If the former NAACP president wasn’t the extremist we were making him out to be, who was he? What was his vision for Maryland? I suppose he and his campaign team were too busy scrambling to raise money in Hollywood to develop a message…Defining him was made easier by the fact that few in Maryland actually knew him…’If you liked Martin O’Malley,’ I said, shaking my head, ‘you’re gonna love this guy…'”
  • Adrienne Jones, speaker of the House, pp. 270, 271
  • Kevin Kamenetz, late Baltimore County executive, p. 221
  • Win Kelly, former Prince George’s County executive, pp., 21, 22
  • Marvin Mandel, former governor, pp. 16, 18, 20
  • Tim Maloney, former legislator, attorney, longtime Hogan friend, p. 12
  • Maggie McIntosh, House Appropriations chairwoman, p. 102
  • Barbara Mikulski, former U.S. senator, p. 120
  • Mike Miller, former state Senate president, 6 mentions
  • Heather Mizeur, former legislator, 2014 candidate for governor, p. 56
  • Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City state’s attorney, pp. 141, 144
  • Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County executive, p. 241
  • Martin O’Malley, former governor, 19 mentions. Excerpt, as Hogan contemplates running for governor: “I kept looking at Governor O’Malley’s failing approval ratings and the two-thirds of Marylanders who said the state was going in the wrong direction, and I started convincing myself that winning might actually be possible.”
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Baltimore mayor, 24 mentions
  • Paul Sarbanes, former U.S. senator, p. 25
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor, 2014 gubernatorial nominee, p. 43
  • Susan Turnbull, 2018 nominee for lieutenant governor, p. 238
  • Ken Ulman, former Howard County executive, 2014 nominee for lieutenant governor, p. 67
  • Jack Young, Baltimore mayor, p. 251

Other prominent Maryland personages

  • Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland’s chief judge, pp. 98, 246
  • Anthony Batts, former Baltimore police chief, pp. 108, 137, 140
  • Arun Bhandari, one of Hogan’s physicians during his cancer treatment, 4 mentions
  • Jamal Bryant, Baltimore minister, p. 111
  • David Cordish, real estate developer and casino owner, p. 212
  • Reed Cordish, son of David Cordish and friend of Ivanka Trump, p. 212
  • Patrick Gonzales, Maryland pollster, p. 242
  • Freddie Gray, 8 mentions
  • Tessa Hall-Alston, former Baltimore City NAACP leader, p. 132
  • Tom Inglesby, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, p. 307
  • J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, p. 205. Excerpt, explaining his decision to skip the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland: “I was 516 miles away drinking beer, eating crabs, and catching up with thousands of Marylanders at the fortieth annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in the Eastern Shore town of Crisfield. It’s a big thing here in Maryland. That was where I belonged and where I preferred to be. ‘The people of Maryland elected me to be their governor,’ I explained that day. ‘I don’t have any obligations to play politics in Cleveland.'”
  • Kenneth H. Michael Co., real estate firm where Hogan first worked in the industry, p. 26
  • Mileah Kromer, Goucher College political scientist and pollster, p. 239. Excerpt, on Kromer analyzing Hogan’s reelection: “‘He cleaned up among Republicans, he bested Ben Jealous among independents and pulled away enough Democrats,’ Kromer told the Washington Post. ‘That’s the Hogan coalition.'”
  • William Lori, archbishop of Baltimore, pp. 141, 143, 215
  • Manny Machado, former Baltimore Orioles star, p. 98
  • Billy Murphy, retired judge, p. 111
  • Catherine Curran O’Malley, judge and former Maryland first lady, p. 96
  • Peter O’Malley, late lawyer and former Prince George’s County Democratic boss, pp. 23, 24
  • Kaliope Parthemos, chief of staff to former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, p. 137
  • Aaron Rappaport, physician treating Hogan’s cancer, 12 mentions
  • Morgan Wooten, legendary high school basketball coach, pp. 11, 12

Maryland journalists

  • Erin Cox, Washington Post State House reporter, p. 223
  • Pat Warren, Baltimore TV reporter, p. 199
  • Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matters senior reporter, pp. 72, 73. Excerpt: Hogan recalls DePuyt’s role as the moderator of a debate with Anthony Brown in 2014 when he was a talk show host on NewsChannel 8. “NewsChannel 8 anchor Bruce DePuyt did his best to help Brown. I’d never seen a debate moderator quite so partisan. For his opening question to me, DePuyt ticked off four hot-button referendum topics — gay marriage, the Dream Act helping young immigrants, abortion rights, and gun control — and then asserted: ‘If you are a mainstream Republican, you likely voted no on each of them. Are you this year asking voters to elect someone who doesn’t share the state’s basic values?’ What a jackass! I thought to myself.”

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