In a move with repercussions for 2016 and beyond, Governor Larry Hogan endorsed Amie Hoeber’s congressional bid. Hoeber is running against Congressman John Delaney in Maryland’s biggest swing district that Dan Bongino almost won in 2014.
Hoeber is a national security expert, so it is no surprise that she made that the focus of her remarks today at Asbury Methodist Village. In his remarks to the 100 or so voters assembled, Hogan reminded everyone that he won the upset of the year in 2014 and already started calling Hoeber “congresswoman.” Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District has historically been a Republican one, but Delaney won it in 2012 after it had been districted to oust Republican Roscoe Bartlett. Earlier in the year, I was a moderator for the primary debate, and it is fitting that a district such as this attracted a strong field of candidates. Hoeber won the crowded primary after vastly outspending her rivals, and she has since been placed on the NRCC’s Young Guns program.
Despite Delaney claiming that he has “no plans” to run for governor in 2018, he spent much of the early months of 2016 pressing Hogan on Hogan’s stance on Donald Trump, whom Hogan has never supported.
If Delaney loses in 2016, he will have a much weaker platform to run for governor on, and Hogan would assuredly like to take out someone who would be an extremely well-funded opponent. Hogan is currently the most popular politician in Maryland, and this race will be a way for him to demonstrate his strength in the western part of the state. Will it be enough to Hoeber over the top? We’ll know in just over 50 days.