ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Republican Party Chairman Diana Waterman has announced the hiring of Joe Cluster to serve as the next executive director of the Maryland GOP.
Cluster has an extensive background in state and national politics having worked for the former Lt. Governor of Maryland Michael Steele as his director of external affairs from 2004-2007 and before that in Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s Appointments Office. He has also worked in D.C. for the political action committee GOPAC and the Republican National Committee.
A lifelong resident of Maryland, Cluster has been active in the Republican Party since 2000. He has worked for the state party on two previous occasions. In 2002, he ran the party’s field operation in which the party was successful in electing the first Republican Governor of Maryland in 40 years and in 2004 he served as political director.
Waterman said, “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.”
Cluster said, “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 replaces David Ferguson, who left the Maryland Republican Party in late August.