A powerful Maryland supporter of President Trump is urging prominent Republicans to remain loyal to the president — and it appears to be working.
Republican National Committeman David Bossie, who served as deputy campaign manager for Trump in 2016 and remains an informal political adviser, has been reaching out to elected officials and other influential members of the state GOP by phone in recent days, hoping to head off any movement of support toward Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), who is openly flirting with a White House bid in 2020.
Hogan, who has been wooed by conservatives opposed to Trump, has continued to boost his profile through national media interviews that frequently include criticism of the president and the Republican National Committee.
Several Republican officeholders in Maryland acknowledged in interviews on Monday that Bossie has contacted them to seek statements of support for the current occupant of the White House.
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