Hogan to claim support of Pappas in Md. governor's race
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan is preparing to announce an endorsement from fellow GOP candidate Mike Pappas, who is dropping out of the race, according to Hogan's campaign.
Pappas, a Towson lawyer who launched a gubernatorial exploratory bid months ago, did not immediately phone calls Wednesday afternoon.
"I am honored to have the support of Mike Pappas," Hogan says in a draft news release that was shared with The Post. "As the only candidate for governor over the last ten months, Mike and his team have worked tirelessly building support across the state. Mike has been a consistent voice and leader for Maryland Republicans. He's got a great future in politics. ... I'm excited to have the Pappas team join my campaign."
Hogan, a real estate broker and former Cabinet member under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), has said he will withdraw from the 2010 race if Ehrlich seeks a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).
UPDATE: Pappas said in an interview that he is withdrawing because of both personal and professional reasons. His wife has a demanding new job, he said, and his law clients are in greater need of his services.
"I think we need someone who can give 100 percent," he said.
November 4, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
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