LEONARDTOWN, Md. —Maryland’s next governor, Larry Hogan, had the chance Tuesday to relive one of his favorite campaign trail activities: running along a parade route and meeting as many voters as possible.
But the Republican also got a taste of what a chunk of his time as governor will include: attending a wreath-laying ceremony, giving a speech and then listening intently as others give similar speeches.
As Hogan ran for governor, he bragged that he wasn’t a career politician, just a small business owner fed up with the direction of the state. But he was the first in a series of elected officials who spoke to the small crowd at a Veteran’s Day commemoration in this quiet St. Mary’s County town.
The governor-elect talked about how St. Mary’s has the state’s highest concentration of military veterans, and mentioned his son-in-law, Ben Sterling, who is from the area and comes from a family with a long history of military service. And he promised to be a “tireless advocate” for veterans in Annapolis.
“Maryland’s sons and daughters have fought and died in every battle since the Revolution,” Hogan said. “Whether it was in a field in France, in the South Pacific, the hills of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, the streets of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan, you gave more of yourselves than most of us can ever fully know.”
Hogan was immediately followed by U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), a much more seasoned politician, whose dark suit and tie fit precisely, and whose hair was perfectly in place.
Meanwhile, Hogan’s hair was mussed from his sweaty run along a Veteran’s Day parade route earlier in the morning. And while he had changed into a fresh dress shirt, he didn’t wear a full suit or a tie.
Hoyer, who lives in Southern Maryland, peppered his speech with inside jokes and references that showed his deep history in the area. He noted that Hogan once ran against him for Congress and won St. Mary’s County, although Hoyer prevailed in the district overall.
The longtime congressman also acknowledged an old friend in the audience: Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., Hogan’s 86-year-old father, who represented Maryland in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975.
At one point Hoyer, 75, referred to the 58-year-old governor-elect as “Young Larry.”
“Larry, I’m going to call you ‘Larry’ until you’re governor, and then I’ll call you governor,” Hoyer said.