Dinner With Hogan and Hogan
By Josh Kurtz
Thursday’s official schedule for Gov. Larry Hogan (R) shows him making a transportation announcement in Gaithersburg at 10 a.m., and nothing more.
But Maryland Matters has learned that Hogan and his brother Tim, who runs the family’s real estate business, are due to appear together at a dinner in Annapolis on Thursday night that Tim Hogan is sponsoring as a member of the Washington, D.C., Economic Club.
An email invitation apprises recipients of the dinner, at Harry Browne’s restaurant across the street from the State House, and is signed by three officials of the Economic Club. The invitation makes no mention of the topic to be discussed.
What this dinner is about and how the Hogan brothers came to be appearing together is something of a mystery.
A spokeswoman for the club, Judi Irastorza, said the event is sponsored by Tim Hogan, president of The Hogan Companies, and not by the club – even though the club logo is at the top of the invitation.
According to Irastorza, the Economic Club, a powerhouse insider group, organizes three tiers of events. Those with nationally or internationally known headliners draw hundreds of people and are considered on the record.
The second tier, known as an executive conversation, draws a few dozen attendees and is usually focused on a particular business sector. The third tier, which usually draws a dozen or so guests, is typically organized by a club member – and fellow club members are among the invitees. The club may send out an invitation or keep track of RSVP’s, but is otherwise not involved, Irastorza said.
“We don’t really staff them, to be honest,” she said.
Irastorza said she was not sure what the subject of the Hogan and Hogan dinner would be or who would be attending.
Tim Hogan did not respond to phone messages left at the company office in Annapolis. The governor’s press office did not respond to an email query.