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Hogan won't seek Md. GOP chairmanship

By John Wagner

Hogan mug.jpegLarry Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), has taken himself out of the running to lead the Maryland Republican Party.

Hogan, who conducted an exploratory bid for governor last year, said in a posting Monday on Facebook that he wants to keep his political options open for 2014.

"Many people were pushing me to run for State Party Chairman, and are disappointed that I declined the position," Hogan said in the posting. "I believe in the party, I'm very excited about our potential in Maryland and I do plan to stay very involved. I appreciate all the support, however, as a potential candidate in 2014, I think that it's better for someone else to focus their energies on the state party HQ."

The Maryland GOP will pick a new chairman Dec. 11. Mary Kane, Ehrlich's running mate this year, confirmed Monday that she is interested in the job.

Hogan served as Ehrlich's appointments secretary, a Cabinet-level position that involved placing thousands of people in state jobs and on state boards.

By John Wagner  | November 16, 2010; 7:55 AM ET
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