Reflections of Meeting with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Boyd K. Rutherford is the ninth and current Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, since January 21, 2015. Rutherford was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Associate Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration, 2001-03. Rutherford then joined the administration of Governor Bob Ehrlich, serving as Secretary of General Services 2003 - 2006. He was again appointed by President Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for Administration to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he served from 2006 - 2009. Rutherford is the third African American in a row elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor in Maryland." source wikipedia.org 7/8/15

Against this backdrop, I joined with members of The Baltimore Interfaith Coalition in a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor and Mr. Keiffer Mitchell, Special Advisor to the Governnor. With me were Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland; Bishop Wolfgang Hert-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Mr. Michael Brady, COO of Abacus Corporation and Maryland Stake President of Church of Latter-Day Saints; Iman Earl El-Amin, The Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore; and Father Albert Scharbach, Mount Calvary Church.

After meeting with Lt. Rutherford, I left with the impression that he is a very competent administrator and interpetor of public policy. While he clearly communicated he was fiscally conversative, it was balanced with a sense that he understood goverment's role in providing a safety net for its most vunerble citizens. He communicated that choice is a value every person should have and that redemption and restoration should be operative in public policy and practical in public implementation. It wasn't long before he opened up and shared values transmitted to him from his father: education, hard work, family, and service to the community. His passion was genuine and his laughter was inflectious. I left the meeting realizing I was dealing with an African American male with unusual qualities. Even in our disagreement, he articulated his position in a clear manner; so that you understood the premise upon which he operated. I left recognizing this man in this position is someone who will listen and someone with whom I can work to improve life for residents of Baltimore City and The State of Maryland.

Stay tuned you will witness Baltimore Interfaith Coalition (BIC) doing much good for residents of this great state.

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