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No Labels tapping Larry Hogan as co-chair

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will join No Labels as co-chairman ahead of a lobbying push in the new Congress by the centrist group.

Hogan will join former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in leading the group. Lieberman called No Labels particularly primed for influence as the bipartisan group of eight senators backs pushes for a deal on coronavirus relief.

“No Labels is really at a great moment right now of realizing the goals of the organization when it was started 10 years ago,” Lieberman said Monday, according to The New York Times. “I expect Governor Hogan will be expanding our reach to the nation’s governors.”

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The announcement, scheduled for Tuesday evening, was first reported by the Times. A person familiar has confirmed the news to The Hill.

The news comes as Hogan has both teased a possible 2024 presidential run and sharply criticized the right flank of his own party. Hogan has also campaigned for several Republican members of the centrist Problem Solvers caucus, which No Labels backs.

Members Hogan stumped for include Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickTaylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act House passes sweeping protections for LGBTQ people MORE (R-Pa.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoTaylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act House passes sweeping protections for LGBTQ people MORE (R-N.Y.). The governor also cut an ad for Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHouse passes sweeping protections for LGBTQ people Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (R-Maine), who was a top target for Democratic groups this November after her pivotal vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG MORE.

Hogan, who also recently ended a term as chairman of the National Governors Association, has long been one of the Republicans most willing to criticize President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE, and hit back after the president attacked him on Twitter in late November.

“If you had done your job, America's governors wouldn't have been forced to fend for themselves to find tests in the middle of a pandemic, as we successfully did in Maryland,” Hogan tweeted Nov. 22. “Stop golfing and concede.”

However, Hogan has also endorsed Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing MORE (R-Ga.) in Senate races, two candidates who have mounted explicitly pro-Trump campaigns for the state’s January runoffs.

“I’m still a committed, what I would call common-sense, conservative Republican,” Hogan told the Times.