In 1992, Larry Hogan, who currently heads Change Maryland and will be announcing his gubernatorial bid in January, ran against Steny Hoyer — who was an incumbent even then, in the 5th Congressional District.
At a debate in October 1992 featuring all nine general election candidates for 1st, 2nd 3rd, and 5th district at Anne Arundel Community College, the candidates were all asked their position on abortion. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley was the only person who opposed abortion.
The Baltimore Sun’s report on October 30 of that year included this sentence (emphasis added):
Mr. Hogan said he supports states’ rights to limit abortions, although he favors keeping abortions legal.
This position is an interesting one. What most people don’t realize is that if Roe v. Wade was overturned tomorrow, it wouldn’t ban abortions nationally. It would only push the issue back to the states. Some states have taken measures already to make sure abortion remains legal if Roe were ever overturned. Some have been working on legislation that would outlaw aif that happened.
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The way the Sun wrote about it, it would seem that Hogan (in 1992) would support overturning Roe but would want abortion to remain legal in Maryland. I’m sure we’ll get some clarification from Hogan at some point on his current position. This could be problematic in the Republican primary, but I’m not sure how damaging it could be in Maryland (especially if Hogan makes an unequivocal statement on it.)