Steele reaches back to Ehrlich team for talent
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele has chosen another veteran of Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration, Boyd K. Rutherford, for a key post at national party headquarters in Washington.
Rutherford, 52, will be the chief administrative officer of the Republican National Committee, a job that will put him in day-to-day charge of operations in DC.
Steele, in a prepared statement, said he was "very pleased to have an individual with Boyd's credentials" at the RNC.
Rutherford, who served as assistant secretary for administration in President George W. Bush's administration, has a reputation as a tough-minded boss who isn't afraid to say no.
He served in Annapolis as Secretary of General Services in Ehrlich's executive council from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining the governor's administration he spent two years as an administrator in Washington with the General Services Administration, which manages the federal government's real estate dealings.
A native of Washington, DC, Rutherford graduated from Howard University and got a law degree from the University of Southn California. He was a member of the Howard County Republican Central Committee for six years and a member of the Howard County chapter of the NAACP.
He also served on the Baltimore City Brownfields Redevelopment Council from 1998 to 2000, according to his official biography in the Maryland Manual.