The Maryland Municipal League to the rescue.
One of the side dramas of Vice President Mike Pence’s looming visit to Maryland, where he’ll be headlining the Maryland Republican Party’s annual “Red, White and Blue” dinner on Monday, was whether Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) would attend.
Hogan has been highly critical of President Trump and isn’t likely to support his reelection. But early on in the Trump administration, Hogan did mention that he had a decent relationship with Pence, dating back to Pence’s time as governor of Indiana. And according to a story told by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Pence blessed Christie’s plan to funnel resources from the Republican Governors Association to Hogan’s underdog campaign in 2014.
Still, a Hogan appearance at the Pence event could be awkward – given that Hogan openly flirted with the idea of challenging Trump in next year’s presidential primaries. Not only that, a recent public poll of Maryland Republicans showed an overwhelmingly number preferred Trump to Hogan as their 2020 presidential nominee.
Whether Hogan was agonizing over whether to attend the Republican dinner is unknown, but if he was, he now has an out: He’s planning to be at the MML conference in Ocean City Monday.
Hogan routinely addresses municipal officials at their annual summer confab – though according to the MML schedule, his official speech won’t be taking place until a Tuesday night dinner.
But Hogan has a full schedule throughout the conference, according to spokesman Michael Ricci. On Monday afternoon, on the way down to MML, he’ll have lunch at Snapper’s, the popular waterfront eatery in Cambridge, to present a 25th anniversary citation. That evening, he’ll participate in an annual dinner with sponsors of the convention.
On Tuesday morning, the governor plans to visit the exhibit hall at the convention center, and in the afternoon, he’ll be at a ribbon cutting at Bad Monkey, followed by a walk along the boardwalk.
So the GOP show will go on without the governor. Regrettably, the fundraiser is closed to the press, so we won’t be able to bring you an eyewitness account.