Maryland Democrats advertise Donald Trump's support of Larry Hogan on Baltimore billboards

Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Democratic Party has launched two billboards in Baltimore to highlight former President Donald Trump’s new support of Republican Larry Hogan — the latest sign, slightly more than 24 hours after Trump’s statement, that Democrats think the former president is a liability to Hogan’s chances in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race.

Trump told Fox News in an interview Thursday that he “would like to see (Hogan) win” and that he has “a good chance” against Democratic nominee Angela Alsobrooks.

Hogan’s campaign quickly tried to distance his candidacy from Trump — the presumed Republican nominee who is widely unpopular in Maryland — by saying Hogan is not backing Trump this year.

Still, Democrats jumped on the opportunity to connect the two longtime rivals whose races this year are now intertwined.

“TRUMP ENDORSED HOGAN,” the state party’s digital billboards read in all capital letters alongside smiling images of both men.

They also state, “Hogan would turn control of the Senate over to MAGA Republicans,” as well as direct viewers to a new website slamming the former governor.


Those billboards were planned to appear starting Friday night in two locations with high traffic in the Baltimore area: At the intersection of Interstate 895 and East Lombard Street, and on Interstate 95 at the Fort McHenry Toll Plaza.

The website, meanwhile, features a video of the Fox News interview when Trump said he would support Hogan along with other coverage of that news. It also highlights Hogan’s record on abortion, guns and LGBTQ rights.

“The Democratic Party is committed to making sure every Marylander knows Donald Trump endorsed Larry Hogan because he wants a Senate majority that’s beholden to Trump,” Maryland Democratic Party Chair Ken Ulman said in a statement. “We know what is at stake in this election and we cannot let Trump and his endorsed candidates take over Washington to push their extreme agenda including a national abortion ban.”

A spokesman for the party declined to say how much the organization is initially spending on the billboards or the website. Both parties are expected to spend significant financial resources on the matchup between Hogan and Alsobrooks, which is considered the most competitive U.S. Senate race in Maryland in decades because of Hogan’s rare success as a two-time Republican governor who left office with broad support.

A spokesperson for Hogan’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Friday.

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