Maryland GOP gubernatorial hopeful Hogan knocks O’Malley-era tax hikes in new TV ad

Maryland Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan unveiled a new television ad Tuesday that offers a glimpse of what a general election matchup against Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) might look like. (YouTube: Larry Hogan)

Maryland Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan unveiled a new television ad Tuesday that offers a glimpse of what a general election matchup against Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) might look like.

Hogan’s 30-second spot, which is airing statewide, includes a shot of Brown arm-in-arm with Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) as Hogan tells viewers: “They never met a tax that they didn’t like, or at least one they didn’t hike.”

Hogan faces Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ronald A. George (Anne Arundel) and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar in the June 24 Republican primary. But since jumping in the race in January, Hogan has been running as though the nomination is already his, skipping most candidate forums that the other GOP hopefuls have attended.

The balance of the new ad features scenic shots of the state and Hogan talking about his priorities: jobs, middle-class families and the economy.

“The first thing we’ve got to do is get spending under control, and then we want to roll back as many of these 40 tax increases as we can,” Hogan says, referring to a string of increases that took place during the O’Malley years.

O’Malley, who is term-limited and steps down in January, has endorsed Brown as his successor.

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

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