ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Republican Party has hired Joe Cluster to serve as its executive director, party officials announced this week.
State Chairwoman Diana Waterman said Cluster will fill the vacancy left by David Ferguson, who resigned in August.
Cluster, 34, is a former aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. He was Steele's director of external affairs from 2004-2007 and before that worked in Ehrlich's appointments office.
Cluster is the son of Del. John Cluster, R-Baltimore County. He also has worked in Washington, D.C., for the political action committee GOPAC and the Republican National Committee.
Waterman said in a prepared statement that Cluster will be a "great asset" to the party, serving as its head of day-to-day operations.
Cluster said he was looking forward to joining a fight against "the ever-encroaching government in Annapolis."
"I love this state and will work tirelessly to make Maryland a competitive place for Republicans to run and win," Cluster said in a prepared statement.