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Joe Cluster in as New MD GOP Executive Director

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Maryland GOP Chairman Diana Waterman announced on Monday that Joe Cluster has been hired as the new Executive Director. Cluster is the replacement for David Ferguson, who left suddenly in late August. Chairman Waterman said in a statement:

“Joe has extensive experience in Maryland politics, he knows the people and the places very well. He came with great recommendations and I believe he will be a great asset to our team. I look forward to working with him and have full confidence he will help me build a better and stronger Maryland Republican Party.”

According to the release, Cluster has worked for former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as his Director of External Affairs from 2004-2007, and prior to that in former Governor Ehrlich’s Appointments Office. Cluster has also worked for GOPAC, the Republican National Committee, and twice for the Maryland state party. In 2002 he ran the MDGOP’s Field Operation which helped elect Governor Ehrlich, and in 2004 he was the Politcal Director.

Joe Cluster said the following in a statement:

“As a Marylander, I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party. I look forward to working with Chairman Waterman as we fight for Marylanders against the ever-encroaching government in Annapolis. I love this state and will work tirelessly to make Maryland a competitive place for Republicans to run and win.”

Cluster told the Washington Post in an interview that he plans to make fundraising his priority. He specifically hopes to target corporations who currently only donate to the Maryland Democratic Party. He indicated that he hopes to steer resources toward picking up Republican seats in the General Assembly.

If you want to learn more you can tune into Jackie Wellfonder’s radio show “Raging Against the Rhetoric” tonight as she interviews Joe Cluster at 8PM.

Source: MD GOP Press Release
Washington Post

MD GOP Executive Director David Ferguson Out

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

David Ferguson is out as the Executive Director for the Maryland GOP. Here is a copy of an email from Diana Waterman to all Executive Committee members.

Dear Executive Committee Member:

David Ferguson is no longer working as Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party. We thank Mr. Ferguson for his twenty-one months of service to the Party and wish him the best in the future. Del. Justin Ready, who has been working closely with the Party on our Pathfinder’s Program and candidate recruitment, will be assisting me and the rest of the Board in the coming days. We will be conducting a search to fill this position quickly. Interested parties may submit their resume to

The Annapolis Pathfinders training schedule for this Saturday will still be taking place.

Thank you,

Diana Waterman
Chairman, Maryland Republican Party

Jeff Quinton, of the QuintonReport, is reporting that on Monday Ferguson left in a huff. According to multiple sources of Quinton’s, Ferguson threw his office belongings out of the window, stormed into a meeting Diana Waterman was having and told her he was leaving. She was heard coming out of the conference room saying “What the hell just happened?” and found that Ferguson’s office was cleared out.

Ferguson also is Principal at Ferguson & Associates, which is a marketing, advertising, and public relations firm.

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