When Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler — a Trump impeachment backer whom the former president is aggressively targeting for defeat in 2022 — threw a fundraiser last month, she was accompanied by a fellow Republican who’d trekked from the other side of the country: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
The foray was part of a broader effort Hogan is launching to bolster the ever-growing list of Republicans former President Donald Trump is trying to oust in this year’s midterm elections. Hogan has hosted fundraisers for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and he is looking at helping others, including Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, another impeachment supporter facing a Trump-endorsed Republican challenger. He has loudly advocated for the Republican Governors Association to defend Kemp and other sitting incumbents under fire, a position the organization has embraced.
With the initiative, Hogan — a popular blue-state GOP governor who has said he’s open to challenging Trump for the nomination in 2024 — is positioning himself as a staunch critic of the former president and a dissenting voice in a Trump-dominated Republican Party.
“It’s crazy. We’ve got the former president going after all these really good elected Republicans, and so I’m trying to