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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hogan’s illness pushes understudy into alien territory — the spotlight

As Maryland’s little-known lieutenant governor, Boyd K. Rutherford is not accustomed to dramatic entrances.

Yet there he was at an Eastern Shore clambake on a July afternoon, tilting his head back in laughter as lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano bellowed, “This is a great lieutenant governor!” and “This is a true leader!”

The lieutenant governor waded into an afternoon-long procession of handshakes, photos and greetings from strangers, which invariably included, in hushed tones, “How’s the governor? . . . Let Larry know he’s in our prayers.”

A month after Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed that he had been diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Rutherford, 58, has found himself thrust into an unfamiliar and somewhat awkward role.



Anonymous said...

Guv made a good choice for his number one!

Anonymous said...

agree 100%

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Anonymous said...

He's not an experienced politician so he will probably do a really great job.

Anonymous said...

He could be our next (and first black) governor. Thank goodness it won't be Anthony Brown.

But I hope he stays at more than arm's length from Bereano (a real scumbag).