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December 29, 2010

Rep.-elect Andy Harris' staff features Ehrlich aides

Maryland's new congressman, Republican Andy Harris, has recycled aides to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fill his top leadership positions. Harris, who defeated Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil to represent the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties, will be sworn in Jan. 5. 

Harris, a former state senator and longtime ally of the state's only Republican governor in a generation, announced in a release today that he has selected Kevin Reigrut as his chief of staff, Dave Schwartz as his deputy chief/director of communications, Pat Daly as his district director and Ryan Nawrocki as his press secretary. All four worked with Ehrlich in previous years.

Harris' hiring decisions come as state-level Republicans appear to have turned the page on Ehrlich, selecting former state Sen. Alex Mooney over Ehrlich's 2010 running mate Mary Kane as the new state party leader.

Schwartz, a former Ehrlich fundraiser, was in the news this year in his role as lead Maryland tea partier, director of the state's Americans for Prosperity chapter. Nawrocki narrowly lost a Baltimore County Council seat this fall. Reigrut and Daly both served a turn as chief of staff for Harris when he was state senator.

Their bios, via Harris, are available after the jump.

Kevin Reigrut (Chief of Staff) - Reigrut previously served as Harris’ Chief of Staff in the Maryland State Senate and as Planning and Policy Development Manager in former Governor Bob Ehrlich’s Office of Homeland Security. Most recently, Reigrut served as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. A Maryland native residing in Pasadena with his wife and two daughters, Reigrut earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University.

Dave Schwartz (Deputy Chief of Staff/Director of Communications) – Schwartz, a former aide to Gov. Ehrlich, worked for the past 2 years as Maryland State Director of Americans for Prosperity - a grassroots, free-market organization. He is a lifelong Marylander and lives with his wife in Bel Air.

Pat Daly (District Director) – Daly, the most recent Chief of Staff to Harris in the Maryland State Senate, also served in the Ehrlich administration. He is a Maryland native and has a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University.

Ryan Nawrocki (Press Secretary) – Nawrocki previously worked in the administration of former Gov. Ehrlich, and most recently served as a communications coordinator for Fortune 100 LifeBridge Health. Born and raised in Maryland, he received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s (MD) College.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 12:04 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Washington


LOL Harris appoints the founder and administrator of as his press secretary?? You couldn't write better comedy!

Harris hires someone with a DO NOT ABUSE order on his record.

Do they get health insurance? Do they get it right away?

Andy Harris the anti-tea party candidate -just ought to enrich himself and all these patheric Ehrlichites.

Whine, whine, whine - the Dems can't stand to lose. Look around - most of the O'Malley appointees are recycled.

Joe Steffen had a good piece about these lame-o picks on his blog under "Physician Heal Thyself"

I seriously doubt Americans for Prosperity is a "grass-roots" organization. It's most likely an astroturf group financed by corporate interests while disingenuously presenting itself as somehow and ridiculously populist.

Next time Harris' mouthpiece meets with the press ask him about his omalleywatch website and leaks from Nancy Jacobs office via Bryan Shuy.

I hope that O'Malley corrects the biggest screwup under Parris The Great. The redistricting that put the 200 yd wide finger across the bay and into the middle of the third congressional district to put Ehrilch's Timonium house into the first congressional district so he couldn't run against Dutch, who I think would have beaten Ehrlich anyway head to head. Unfortunately, Harris lives in the same sliver of land so he got the benefit of this piece of Democratic trickery. Redistrict that out of the new map, make Harris move onto the shore (if he can find it) and lets vow not to do this type of crap again this time around when we redistrict because any short term political gain is always overshadowed by the long run havoc these decisions create.

I am glad to see that Harris is staffing up with Maryland folks instead of hiring Washington system-lackeys. It looks like a very competent team.

It is funny to see people attacking some of Harris' staff. Next they will attack his kids anonymously.

Interesting crew. No doubt all the unemployed lackeys are gonna rant about some younguns getting fancy DC hill jobs.

Im happy with the staff and I look forward with working with Dr. Harris, MD (suck it all you uneducated losers) and his distinguished staff. Too bad none of you could get hired anywhere. I suggest Burger King.

Interesting that he hired only men. I'm sure he thinks women are only fit for fetching coffee.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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