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Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, who is considering a challenge to Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, slammed the Republican National Committee for an unusual resolution it approved earlier this year in which the RNC gave Trump its undivided support for the 2020 election.
“I was pretty critical of that,” Hogan said during an appearance in the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire. “You know, and not that the Republican National Committee doesn’t have the right to support a sitting president, but to change the rules and to insist on 100 percent loyalty to the dear leader, it just didn’t sound — it didn’t sound very much like the Republican Party that I grew up in, working for Ronald Reagan and supporting, you know, George Bush and — you know, I’m — I’m for a return to a more traditional Republican Party.”
Hogan was the first Republican in 50 years to win a second term as Maryland governor in the 2018 election. He works with a predominantly Democratic legislature and has kept Trump at arm’s length since Trump took office.
Former Massachusetts governor William Weld has jumped into the GOP primary race against Trump.
Any Republican challengers will have a tough road ahead, as opinion polling typically puts Trump’s approval among Republicans approaching 90 percent. Also, Trump raised $30 million for his campaign in the most recent quarter.