SEABROOK – Gov. Larry Hogan has put his re-election campaign on hold to declare a state of emergency on Sept. 10 ahead of Hurricane Florence making landfall in the United States.
In a press conference in Hanover, Hogan asked state residents to prepare for the worse from the storm. It is still unclear when Florence will land in the state but the category four hurricane has already forced neighboring states Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina to declare states of emergencies as well.
“We are preparing for the potential of a historic, catastrophic and life-threatening
flooding in Maryland,” Hogan said.
This will be the first hurricane to touch land since the remanences of Hurricane Harvey brought in heavy winds and thunderstorms in September 2017.
Before placing his campaign on-hold, it was announced Hogan had fundraised $2.5 million, making his total $9.4 million on hand to use for his re-election campaign.
Fundraising reports by the Maryland State Board of Elections for the time period June 11 to Aug. 21 shows that Hogan’s increase in funding has allowed the growth of television ads from his campaign all over the state. Hogan has also received help from Super PACs delivering attack ads on his Democratic opponent, Ben Jealous.
The amount on-hand for Hogan is more than the $6.4 million former Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown had on hand during the same time during their 2010 re-election, campaign chairman Tom Kelso said.
The announcement of his growth in campaign fundraising comes as Hogan reconfirmed his commitment to not accept any donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to his campaign in a second meeting with student activists from Great Mills High School.
On July 21, through a spokesperson, Hogan first stated that he would not accept NRA donations.
The NRA had given Hogan an A-rating and an endorsement during his 2014 campaign for governor. However, Hogan’s tone towards the subject changed after both the Great Mills and Capital Gazette shootings. In April, he worked with state legislators to pass a gun control bill that limited a person’s access to weapons if they are deemed a risk, a ban on bump stocks and longer jail sentences for repeat criminals who commit crimes with a gun.
Meanwhile, Jealous did not make his fundraising report public initially but according to the Maryland State Board of Elections filing covering June 11- Aug. 21, he has received $622,244 in campaign contributions. The campaign announced on Aug. 28 that the gubernatorial candidate had fundraised $1.1 million and after expenses, has $386,000 on-hand.
The former National President & CEO of the NAACP marched in two parades on Sept. 3 with teachers and fellow supporters. Organizations part of the parade included several local workers and teachers’ unions and Casa in Action.
The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), who represents more than 74,000 teachers and school employees, endorsed Jealous on April 14 and were a part of the Labor Day parade located in Greenbelt. Jealous has proposed universal Pre-K and improving teacher pay by 29 percent.
“Our children need a new Maryland Promise that no matter their neighborhood, the state will make sure there’s a strong public school in their community,” said MSEA President Betty Weller in a statement. “Ben Jealous is the candidate with the values, the vision and the coalition-building skills to make that promise a reality.”
“I’m proud to receive this endorsement from our state’s educators, who are doing the hard work each-and-every day to educate our children,” Jealous said. “Together we can finally fully fund our schools and ensure our educators get the respect and support they deserve while reversing the declines we have seen since Larry Hogan became governor.”