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Larry Hogan Resigns from No Labels, Sparking Speculation of Possible 2024 Run

Larry Hogan, the ex-governor of Maryland, who is a moderate Republican and has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, resigned from his position as the leader of the No Labels third-party movement last month. This move could suggest that he is preparing to run for president using the party’s ballot line. The news has come from Des Moines, Iowa.

In a letter addressed to Nancy Jacobson, the President and CEO of No Labels, Hogan announced his resignation as co-chair of the group. However, he did not mention anything about his own future. The letter, which was dated December 15th and obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, did not contain any criticism of the group, its leadership, or its plans. When approached for comment, Hogan declined and simply referred to the letter.

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No Labels is seeking ballot access across the country as it lays the groundwork for a possible presidential ticket. The plans have spooked many Democrats and other Trump critics who fear it would siphon votes that would otherwise go to Democratic President Joe Biden and facilitate Trump’s return to the White House.

“In stepping aside, it is my intent that new leaders, who can devote themselves full-time to the effort, will be able to take the helm to direct the No Labels political operation,” Hogan wrote.

Separately, an elections official in Maryland said Wednesday that No Labels had obtained enough verified signatures to get on the ballot in Hogan’s home state.

No Labels leaders plan to decide this spring whether to nominate a presidential ticket, and if so, to pick nominees. Details about that process have been murky, however, and the group has repeatedly failed to meet its own goals for announcing plans. It cancelled its convention scheduled for April in Dallas in favor of a virtual meeting.

No Labels officials did not immediately comment.

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One of the GOP’s most prominent critics of Trump, Hogan declined to run for the GOP nomination.

Larry Hogan is seen at the 2022 leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.
Larry Hogan is seen at the 2022 leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

John Locher via Associated Press

Hogan’s team provided the letter to The Associated Press on Thursday, just a day after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bowed out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Christie was the fiercest Trump critic in the race but could not catch fire in a GOP still devoted to the former president.

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, another No Labels co-chair, said Thursday that he’d like Christie to consider running on the No Labels ticket, calling him “the kind of candidate No Labels is looking for.” Christie had been dismissive of the No Labels movement before he ended his own campaign.

“I’d like to reach out to him and see if he, Gov. Christie, is at all interested in being on a bipartisan No Labels Unity ticket this year,” Lieberman said in a SiriusXM interview. “He could be a very strong candidate.”

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has also considered running with No Labels. A moderate Democrat who is not seeking reelection to the Senate, Manchin is scheduled to appear Friday in New Hampshire, just ahead of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary later in January.

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