Md. GOP gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan postpones announcement rally due to snow

Maryland Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan has postponed his planned campaign announcement Tuesday night because of the snow.

Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), had vowed on Monday to hold the event at an Annapolis-area crab house regardless of weather conditions.

But as snow continued to fall Tuesday afternoon, Hogan spokeswoman Hannah Marr said the campaign reversed course.

“The reports just keep getting worse and worse,” she said.

Hogan has rescheduled his “announcement rally” for Jan. 29, but he will be an active candidate between now and then, Marr said.

Hogan joins a GOP primary that includes Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R), Del. Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel) and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar — all of whom have been running for several months already but posted anemic fundraising totals last week.

Hogan said in an interview Monday that he doesn’t believe anyone has a head start on him. For the past three years, he has led Change Maryland, a organization with 75,000 Facebook fans that has been a frequent critic of the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

He said he is confident he can prevail in the June GOP primary.

“I think, at least to date, nobody has put together a campaign that could compete in November, and we believe we can,” Hogan said.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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