Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan introduced Boyd Rutherford, a former Ehrlich administration Cabinet secretary, as his running mate Wednesday night at a rally at an Annapolis-area crab house.
Hogan, the Anne Arundel County resident who was appointments secretary for GOP Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., became a late entry in the governor's race last week. He joined a field that includes Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar.
Of Hogan's rivals, only Craig has named a running mate, Del. Jeannie Haddaway of the Eastern Shore.
Rutherford, 56, served as secretary of general services —- the official who oversees the state's real estate dealings and management of state buildings — from 2003 to 2006.
In 2006, President George W. Bush named him assistant secretary of agriculture for administration. The Howard County resident is currently a lawyer with the firm of Benton Potter & Murdock, which has offices in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
If Hogan wins, Rutherford would be the third African-American Republican nominated for lieutenant governor. Aris T. Allen was nominated in 1978 and lost. Michael S. Steele ran with Ehrlich in 2002 and won.
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The winner of the June 24 Republican primary will face an uphill battle in heavily Democratic Maryland. The Democratic race pits Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown against Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County.
Hogan, 57, spent much of the past four years building a conservative advocacy group called Change Maryland. Late last year, he used the organization as a springboard for his planned campaign.
The late entry into the race might not turn out to have been a disadvantage for Hogan because none of his GOP opponents has had much fund-raising success.
Craig, considered the front-runner before Hogan jumped in, reported $182,613 in cash on hand. George disclosed $15,450 in the bank, and Lollar ended the reporting period with $5,731.
Meanwhile, Brown and Gansler reported having about $7 million and $6.3 million, respectively. Even Mizeur, little known outside her district when she launched her campaign, reported having more than three times as much cash on hand as all of the Republicans combined.