Republican Larry Hogan chooses Boyd Rutherford as running mate in Md. governor's race

RIVA, Md. -  Republican Larry Hogan has chosen Boyd Rutherford as his running mate in his campaign for governor.

Hogan made the announcement Wednesday night next to a waterside crab house near Annapolis. He joins a crowded GOP field that already includes Harford County Executive David Craig, Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George and businessman Charles Lollar.

Whoever wins on the Republican side in the June 24 primary will face the winner of the Democratic race, which includes, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur and teacher Ralph Jaffe.

"We're told that this election is between the number 2 and number 3 incumbents in the current administration, and that our only real choice is to either promote the Lt. Governor, or the Attorney General," Hogan said in a statement. But that's not what Maryland wants. Marylanders are demanding real change in Annapolis – and neither of those career politicians is capable of delivering it.The people of Maryland deserve a real, clear choice for a change, and we're going to give it to them."

Like Hogan, Rutherford was a member of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's cabinet.

Rutherford, who lives in Columbia, also has served as associate administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration. He was responsible increasing utilization of small business in government procurement.

"The status quo establishment is and should be uncomfortable because hard working Maryland families are not comfortable with the amount of money that they have left after paying 40 consecutive tax and fee increases over the last seven years," Rutherford said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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