Nobody has ever accused Larry Hogan of not being smart. Seeing Donald Trump as the anvil he is come November, Hogan dropped the hammer this afternoon.
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said emphatically Wednesday that he does not plan to vote for Donald Trump, his party’s presumptive — and divisive — presidential nominee.
Although the first-term governor has repeatedly said he does not support Trump, he had never before stated whether he would vote for him in the general election.
During a visit to Prince George’s County on Wednesday, Hogan answered the question directly.
“No, I don’t plan to,” Hogan said when asked whether he would cast a ballot for Trump. “I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.”
It will be interesting to see if Hogan pays any price for this party disloyalty come 2018, either in the form of unhappy GOP voters or unhappy GOP donors. I’d guess that the impact, if any, will be negligible. Like I said, he’s a pretty smart guy. Bad politics, but no dummy.