I’ve always liked Larry Hogan.
Although we never got to know each other all that well, I first met him back when each of us were working on Governor-Elect Bob Ehrlich’s transition team. In fact, our desks were directly across from one another – something like five feet to ten feet away. Whenever each of us would look up, we’d be staring at one another’s breathtakingly handsome face.
He’s an interesting guy with one Hell of a sense of humor – quick with both the smiles and the quip.
Like I said, I’ve always liked him – and, this, despite the shots I’ve taken at him now and again in this, and other venues both as Governor as well as when he was a candidate for Governor. As always, any differences – both of things I’ve aired, as well as with some things I’ve not aired – I’ve had with him were political, never personal. Obviously, with his announcement that he has “advanced and aggressive” cancer and with the stakes as high as they are for him right now, I can do nothing but say a prayer for him and wish him the best. Well, the first prayers/petitions to the universe have been said and the well wishes continue coming.
(Larry Hogan Wasting Time with a Dreg of Society..)
Not to make this about me, but having survived two heart attacks and two strokes, I understand a bit of the mindset here. Hell, I should have been gone after stroke number 2 – my doctor and my medical team at UofMD Medical Center have all told me that. My point being is that Larry Hogan is still here, still fighting and, I’m sure, he will continue to fight with his trademark sense of humor and determination.
I’m not expecting anyone who doesn’t particularly care for Larry and/or certain of his political stances or moves to suddenly start praising him or anything along those lines. But, pull back on any negative rhetoric for a bit. In addition, take a moment and consider him not as a Governor, but as a human being – a man, husband and father – who not only would like to carry on for himself, but for his family.
And, with those things in mind, I ask everyone to say a prayer for him, or to petition the universe on his behalf. And, then, I’d asked everyone to consider ANYONE facing a similar battle and say a prayer/petition the universe for all of those folks, too.
However Larry Hogan’s battle pans out, and I feel strongly that he’s got a shot of teaching everyone a lesson in this fight, I’m sure he will continue being the same Larry Hogan I first met 13 years ago. And that’s a good thing.
A very good thing.