For a period of time, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was said to be contemplating a primary challenge against President Donald Trump for the republican presidential nomination. He decided against that undertaking, and accepted the Chairmanship of the National Governors Association instead. That job might be equally challenging as the organization had been hemorrhaging staff since last fall and Executive Director Scott Pattison was forced out by the bipartisan 9-member Executive Committee in May. Pattison had been leading the organization for the past four years. Hogan took over the chairmanship from Montana Governor Steve Bullock at the NGA summer meeting last month in Salt Lake City.