[Blind Gossip] We have talked before about the possibility of a politician getting “primaried” by their own party.
This occurs when some party members are dissatisfied with the performance of a member of their own party who is currently in office.
Instead of supporting the reelection of that person, the party chooses a new candidate to run against the incumbent in the primary election.
Without the support of their own party, the incumbent typically has much more difficulty fund-raising, campaigning, and securing votes from citizens already registered with that party.
Bloomberg TV recently conducted an interview with Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Larry Hogan happens to have a new book coming out, Still Standing.
Hogan has also been very critical of President Trump on a number of issues.
Hogan has talked in the past about running for President himself.
Keeping those three things in mind, let’s now talk about a bombshell that Hogan is dropping in his book.
Hogan claims that “a couple” of unnamed Trump administration cabinet secretaries encouraged him to consider a primary run for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination against President Donald Trump!
That is stunning.
Governor Hogan spoke with Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli about this.
The interview was on Bloomberg. The transcript is from Breitbart:
KEVIN CIRILLI: Larry Hogan writes that members of President Trump’s Cabinet urged him to consider challenging President Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. He writes, “The media was also enamored by the idea of a popular Republican governor, a real Republican, with a proven record of electoral success going toe to toe with Donald Trump inside the GOP… but cabinet secretaries? Encouraging me to run for president against their boss for president? That one surprised me.”
Hogan chooses his words carefully. Note that he is basically trying to brand himself as “popular” and a “real Republican.”
He also makes it clear that this conversation was initiated by the cabinet members, not by him. He is attempting to insulate himself a little bit him from accusations that he is actively seeking to hurt the leader of his own party. The very fact that he is revealing this conversation at all, though, is his way of undermining President Trump.
KEVIN CIRILLI: That is a stunning revelation. How many and which members of the president’s cabinet told you to consider running against him?
GOV. LARRY HOGAN: There were only a couple and I am not going to reveal the names because they are private conversations, and I certainly would not want to see a couple of friends fired from the administration…
He’s right. They would get fired.
The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of fifteen executive departments. All are nominated by the President and then confirmed by the Senate. There are also some “cabinet-level” positions like the Head of the CIA and the Head of the SBA. See the full list below. Any of these people would get fired if they tried to oust the President.
GOV. HOGAN: I don’t think it comes as any surprise to folks that there are a lot of people in the administration who have sometimes spoken out here and there. It was just one small thing to mention in the book. Certainly not a main focus of anything we were talking about. I did not have any kind of a serious effort to try to run for president. But a lot of people are encouraging me. I was surprised to hear how close some of these folks were in the White House.
It’s amusing how Hogan pats himself on the back for dropping the bombshell… and then acts coy… while again emphasizing how popular he is!
CIRILLI: What was there primary motivation?
GOV. HOGAN: I think it was a little bit of a concern about losing the election and when the bottom is going to drop out of this thing and what was the alternative. And could we find someone who could perhaps put together a winning coalition in the fall.
Towards the end of the interview, Hogan declined to commit to supporting either President Trump or Vice President Biden in the Presidential Election this fall.
Riiight. He drops a bombshell and then feigns neutrality. What a politician!
Similar: Of Primary Concern
Cabinet Members who want Trump out:
[Optional] Who WILL win the next Presidential election… and why? Please use real names and keep your comments civil.
- Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought
- Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
- Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler
- Administrator of the Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza
- Attorney General William Barr
- Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe
- Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel
- Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
- Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.
- Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
- Secretary of Education Elisabeth Prince DeVos
- Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette
- Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.
- Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
- Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt
- Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin
- Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie
- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
- Vice President Michael R. Pence
- White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows
my guess would be Mnuchin and Esper.
I live in Washington, DC (after 14 years in Manhattan) and from Baltimore, Maryland. It’s no secret in DC that almost every single Republican in office hates Trump and will do anything to get him removed… and this is in addition to the Dems who hate him. While I like Hogan, I think he’s a little too left. DC is a mess. Baltimore City is a mess. This country is a mess. The ONLY person who will clean it up is TRUMP. MAGA 2020.
POTUS will be re-elected because of the actions of the Democrats. It won’t be pretty, but it is necessary and he has accomplished some very good things against human trafficking and Chinese encroachment into our economy and privacy. And, by the way….you won’t hear this from any pollsters
Hoo boy, lots of Trump supporters here so I felt compelled to set a few things straight:
There is no evidence that Joe Biden is mentally unfit to be president. This has been put out by Trump. Glad to see that it has spectacularly backfired: Person, man, woman, camera, TV ring a bell?
Trump has tanked the economy. We are approaching something like the Great Depression now. In addition he has rolled back air and water standards, food safety standards to get this ‘great’ economy. He’s a…
Not anyone specific, but I think the higher cabinet members such as Defense, the VP, the security Councils (Homeland Security and the CIA) know how badly Trump has done with just about everything from Russian spying, Chinese Trade markets, the horror that was Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and now COVID-19. They would like to see him out. Others who have been appointed out of loyalty rather than ability, such as Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Steve Mnuchin, and William Barr, of course want him tt
It is really a simple choice this election cycle.
Law and Order
You may not like Trump but you had better hold your nose and vote for him if you want law and order and not constant riots,looting and burning cities.
I don’t like Trump but I think this Hogan claim is a scam- a convenient way to generate some buzz for him and his career.
Deeva E says
No clue who the cabinet members are. I live in Washington, DC. Gov Hogan is highly regarded by both parties. I’m a hardcore democrat and I would vote for For him if I lived in Maryland. He works well with both parties and gets stuff done.
Trump is toast. Biden can hang out in his basement and let Trump’s fallout from taking no responsibility for managing the COVID-19 end his political career.
#45. Why? Because Biden ain’t getting 270 EV.
I live in Hogan’s state. As a lifelong conservative Libertarian I find him to be a total deep state RINO. I voted for the Libertarian candidate in 2018 knowing that it was futile but to send a message to this loathsome coward who doesn’t seem to have much respect for those in his own party.
Trump will win. Obamagate is just getting started. I feel pity for those on here who are still listening to mainstream media. Those people are NOT your friends.
A lot of people in MD like Larry Hogan, contrary to a lot of people saying no one likes him.
Trump is in serious trouble and his poll numbers are incredibly low. Judging from his increasingly bizarre speeches and his terrible handling of COVID, it is obvious that he inherited the Alzheimer’s Disease that killed his father. Very unfortunate, but it is what it is. He has done nothing for the country but divide and destroy.
Biden will crush him in November and I can’t wait.
Hogan is promoting himself and his book, day dreaming of being swept into office. I do not believe a word of what Hogan said. I think Trump will win again. He’s got my vote anyway.
As a Republican governor in a heavily Democratic state, Larry Hogan is widely respected in the DMV. Don’t be surprised if you continue to see his name and a presidential run in 2024.
I have no clue which cabinet members would have approached him, but I’m sure there are many divisions and turmoil within this presidency.
Trump will win.
My guess is 6/7/10, the intelligence and defense guys are part of the establishment and are knee deep in the swamp.
Trump Trump Trump. Trump/Pence 2020. To quote the only non-Rino Bush, son of Jeb, Trump is the only one standing between us and Socialism. Fellow Americans, we have a common enemy and that is totalitarianism, let’s put aside party difference until after Nov. 3.
While you may not like Trump, he has delivered as President. I was always a middle-of-the-road person but nowadays, everything is either black or white. No more grey area or meeting in the middle. You’re either “with us or against us” type of attitude.
I figure Esper and Mnuchin is in there somewhere. And, while she is not part of Trump’s cabinet anymore, Nikki Haley is very much an opportunist and may be a part of this plot.
Steve Mnuchin, not sure about the other cabinet member.
I’m hoping, unrealistically, that somehow another person will replace both Trump and Biden on their respective party’s ticket. Between the two of them, hopefully Biden gets chosen, but some of the prior comments frighten me. Trump is divisive and acts on emotion. High turnaround rate of staff. How is he better for president than Biden??
I have never heard of this guy. I think this is all a fantasy he cooked up based on an offhand comment or two.
I honestly don’t know who will win. Joe’s cognitive abilities are in serious decline or he’s faking to avoid prosecution. He’s been in politics for 50 years… now all of a sudden we’re supposed to believe that he’s got a plan and will save us? If President a Trump could stay off Twitter he might win,but I doubt he will.
I’ll write in a candidate. Maybe Denzel Washington.
I don’t completely agree with him on everything, but he has done many good things. And i can see him at least trying to put America first.
But gosh i despise the left. They make me hate them more each and everyday. They remind me of the communist country where I’m from, but worse.
Fake news. Who is this guy?
Biden will win in the largest landslide in years provided the Republicans don’t steal the election by closing polling places in places where Democrats would likely win or let Putin hack in again. Remember that Hilary WON the popular vote by a huge amount. That means many more people voted for her over the buffoon in the White House.
Not sure who will win but gosh I hope it’s Trump. Ya I don’t want to be friends with him but he’s done a good job with our economy and country and the Dems are off their rocker. Turning democrat cities into trash, the culture war, promoting violence and looting heading towards socialism its bad. Biden doesn’t know left from right either. The Dems are pushing more people into unemployment and trying to crash the economy and people are waking up and seeing that very clearly.
Trump will win, BIGTIME…Creepy Joe Biden has full blown Dementia…Watch his Lifeguard Speech…He should never be around children..All the kickbacks Joe and his sons took from the Ukraine and China as VP..Joe really should be in jail…I think it’s Kelly Ann ..She is a liability for President Trump..
Larry is all noise and hot air. And I don’t believe for a second anyone in Trump’s cabinet would ever say that to a blowhard like Larry.
I think and hope that Biden wins. Trump has been a miserable failure as a leader. Unemployment is at near record levels, our TrumpVirus response has been one of the worst in the world with almost 150K deaths. Trump’s cognitive and mental abilities have drastically and visibly deteriorated. He bragged about passing a dementia test for heaven’s…
I agree with Elaine Chao since she is married to Mitch McConnell. No love lost between him and President Trump. Plus her family is Chinese doing lots of shady business with China. Other might be Mark Esper since he and the President have already bumped heads a few times.
Larry Hogan is a total fool, especially if he is hanging out with Gov Northam from VA. He’s a total RINO with no future with true conservatives. They’ve seen his colors already.
President Trump will win in Nov.
High Steppa says
The guy is pimping his book. That’s all that needs to be said. Possible cabinet members? No idea. Who will win? Trump. The rioters are playing right into his hands. Plus Joe Biden is seriously incompetent. It’s sickening that the Dem party would allow that poor man to carry on as he has. He’s obviously just a figurehead. A vote for Joe Biden is NOT a vote for Joe Biden!
Im going with Mark Meadows and either Gina Haspel or John Ratcliffe. Pence for * and giggles.
Biden will win, for a mile-long list of reasons. But to sum up, people are tired of the daily chaos & cruelty coming out of the WH. 150k of us are dead due to a pandemic he had months to prepare for & he’s going golfing as millions of us lost the UI lifeline that paid bills & rent while we look for new jobs. I don’t like Biden but he’ll be a better leader than Trump & most people feel that way.
I nominate HHS head Alex Azar or Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
Optional: I am unenthused by either of the cold, dead, * husks we have on offer this year. I despair.
I have no idea, but someone who is deep state and likes the RINOs that have been in office. Trump IS a REAL Republican, unlike the aforementioned RINOs in the deep state.
Optional: Trump…and he’ll win by more than he won the last time. There are a lot of angry people out here. Angry at Democrats at all levels of gov’t.
I’ve never heard of this clown, Hogan. “A couple” is two. He alleges TWO cabinet members supported him. And if it’s something he obsesses about, TWO people can say, “yeah, you should do it” to shut him up. There are many Republicans with FAR more national support than this unknown. He reeks of adulation desperation.
He is selling a book so he needs a bombshell. IF true, probably a secretary no longer there.
He also believes the book is setting himself up for 2024 or 2028 because he would have no shot against Trump now.
Trump will win. Biden isn’t there mentally and dem/Libs allowing and encouraging the violence in cities will sink them. Their hatred for the President is now their hatred for the American people and the country. Very sad.
Hilarious. These deep state Republicans are just as pissed as the Democrats because they’ve had over 40 years of non working for the people blow up in their faces by a President who got more done in 3 years, than the 4 Presidents before him put together. They know politicians suck the blood out of all of us, and they are pissed that their gravy trains are going to dry up….
Swamp creatures left and right have been shrieking the last four years now but consider about who is protesting too much. Bolton pretty much faded into obscurity once his swinging started to come out.
I don’t think there is a single one of these people who approached Hogan, except in his dreams, to run against Trump. I have watched him several times this past week and if ever there was a politician full of himself, it is him. He is trying to keep his name out there. I might would buy into the thought of someone in the cabinet, though more likely party leadership, approaching Trump about replacing Pence. But if Trump is moved aside they lose their jobs. Unless promises are made.
Hmmmmmm … Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin.
I see it like this: COVID-19 is Trump’s Achille’s heel while the cultural war is Biden’s, as he is aligning himself, to some extent, with Bernie, and thus, those who are for it. Which issue will count the most at the polls? Normally I would guess that it would be COVID-19, hands down, but I think many of the silent majority are very, very much against the cultural war, thus, I think that Trump will prevail.
Hogan isn’t “branding himself” a popular governor. I live in northern VA & can tell you that he *is* popular & well respected here. He has always been professional & honestly/actively concerned for the people in his state. Hogan, the Gov of VA & the Mayor of DC all get along well. That’s really important here. He’s the real deal & would be a good president!
Literally don’t believe a word from this man. He is so self serving. Maybe he should spend less time writing books and more time cleaning up that crap hole called Baltimore. I was there with my nieces in the winter and felt like I needed to be packing heat to take them to the aquarium.
Trump is going to easily win re-election.
Whomever wins it won’t be this guy. Really is he dreaming? Never heard of him
First of all, this guy is a zero. A nobody. He’s trying to sell a book. He could’t raise enough money to sustain a campaign for local dog catcher.
There are republicans that are RINOs. They might as well be democrats. They are part of the swamp. They are against Trump. They are part of the problem, not the solution.
Not one Republican with good name recognition primaried against DJT. For good reason. Not a chance of beating Trump.
DJT will win and we shall take back the country from…
I don’t actually believe the story Hogan is telling fully. Do I think some ppl on that cabinet or close to members said something off the cuff to him about him running? Sure. Do I think he has a tremendous ego and is pulling a JLo a la Oscar run type thing to sell his book? Yes. I mean, kudos, a celeb gossip site bit and at least a couple ppl will look up his book now. Mission Accomplished.
I do think Trump will win. Biden seems confused And I don’t believe the polls after the 2016 mess.
Intelligence agencies don’t like Trump, in my opinion.
Trump will win. People are waking up to the fact that the Democrats talk a good talk but their cites are being looted and burned and they are holding out against Federal help to hurt Trump. When a leader’s political belief’s are more importabt than the peoples’ safety then the leaders have failed the people and the people will vote them out of office.
This guy is delusional. None of them want Trump out, and if they did (but they don’t) they would not want this Larry guy to be his replacement.
Like all things Larry, this is made up, and I will not be a Larryshipper, ever again.
(Checked the date just to make sure it wasn’t April…I’ve been quarantining and lost track of time)
Optional: not Larry!
Gotta be Haspel and Esper. Trump is not well liked in Intel circles at all, and not particularly at the Pentagon either. I’m voting for Biden. Trump is a buffoon. Hogan is actually quite well respected on both sides, he’s extremely popular in deep blue MD so that should tell you he knows a thing or two about bipartisanship. If he ran I’d give some serious thought to voting for him but only if he earned the Republican nomination. If he ran as an independent that all but ensure a Trump…
Trump’s only motivation right now is to avoid going to jail. He doesn’t care about the American people. I really wish he and Joe Biden could sit down and work out a pardon agreement whereby Joe promises to pardon Trump as long as he doesn’t pull any crazy tricks to stay in the White House. Then some moderate policies that meet in the middle for voters on both sides.
Hogan’s a nutter. Ain’t nobody checkin for him!
As for disgruntled Cabinet members, Esper comes to mind.
Trump is going to win reelection, not by a landslide but by enough. The Democrats hate him so much they’ll run a man who is clearly not fit, they’ll lie, they’ll steal votes, they’ll act shocked and cry foul when the votes are all counted. But no one is fooled except those who choose to be.
Or Biden 1984 (read the book-it’s where we’re headed).
Random Nonsense says
Cabinet Members who want Trump out:
Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
Optional: Biden, he’ll win the electoral college
I’m ready to vote EVERYONE out in November. Both parties have lost sight of representing the people who elected them, it’s disheartening. Even Gov Hogan is playing a game, ugh. But, if I have to guess who wants Trump gone, I’ll say #5, #6 and #22. I would really like to see #11 booted and replaced with someone with a genuine background and interest in public education. At this point, I have no idea who will win this Fall, but probably Trump.
Optional: honestly? I hope Trump wins (and I did not vote for him the first time around). Yes, he has his problems, but he does get things done and I do trust him more than Joe Biden at this point. Joe, unfortunately, does seem to be declining mentally and given how progressive many in the left are, I am worried that they will be the ones determining his platform and policies. The economy was doing really well before covid, and I think Trump will get us back.
You have to get the pandemic under control in order for the economy to recover. Trump is incapable of handling a real, true crisis. This is the first time he can’t lie his way through something and pretend hes great, so we’re seeing what he’s capable of, and it’s not pretty. He was able to grow the economy because Obama handed him a great one. Now he’s like a lost puppy that doesn’t no what to do.