Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced that he will not run for president in 2024, according to multiple news sources. Hogan, who gained national attention for his criticism of former President Donald Trump and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, had been rumored to be considering a presidential run.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, Hogan wrote, “I will not be a candidate for president or vice president in 2024. Instead, I will focus my efforts on supporting candidates and causes that I believe can make a difference.”
Hogan’s announcement comes after months of speculation about his political future. In February, he told Fox News that he was “not ruling out” a run for president. But in recent weeks, Hogan has made it clear that he has no plans to challenge Trump in a Republican primary.
“I’m not seeking the Republican nomination for president,” Hogan said in a recent interview with Yahoo News. “I’m not running in 2024. I’m focused on being governor of Maryland and doing my job here.”
Hogan, a moderate Republican, has been a vocal critic of Trump and his brand of politics. In his op-ed for The New York Times, he called for a return to civility in politics and criticized what he called the “toxic politics of our time.”
“We need to get back to a politics that’s focused on solving problems, not scoring points,” Hogan wrote. “We need to listen to each other and work together. And we need to remember that we’re all Americans, first and foremost.”
Hogan, who is in his second term as governor of Maryland, has been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for president since Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. While he will not be running for president in 2024, Hogan’s role in Republican politics is likely to continue. He is seen as a key figure in the party’s efforts to appeal to moderate and independent voters.