Hogans, Rutherfords pack it in

Hogans, Rutherfords pack it in

Above: From left, in hair nets, Yumi Hogan, Hogan senior adviser Marty Madden, Gov. Larry Hogan, lobbyist Bruce Bereano. 

Elected officials are given lots of things to wear, mainly baseball caps, T-shirts and jackets. But political consultants generally advise governors not to wear funny hats.

Think Michael Dukakis in a helmet driving a tank.

Gov. Larry Hogan has disregarded this advice Sunday. He donned a hair net for the final inaugural event where he and his wife Yumi, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and his wife Monica, other politicos and average citizens packed macaroni and cheese packs for the Maryland Food Bank. (More photos below.)

The event in the gym at Howard Community College brought out scores of volunteers. The goal was to pack up 100,000 of the meals, according to Wendy Foster Hershey, director of executive services for Hogan and wife of Sen. Steve Hershey, the new minority whip.

Hogan spent most of his time greeting those who attended, while wife Yumi was funneling soy mix into the packets to give them added protein. He encouraged her to go around and greet the guests.

In the first hour around 3 p.m., Hogan took up a mic and announced: “I just got the good news that we’ve done 5,000 [packs], but the bad news is we’ve got a lot more to do, so get back to work.”

–Len Lazarick



Monica Rutherford and husband Boyd Rutherford, the lieutenant governor, apply labels to food packets they will pack in a box.

David Albert Ed Reilly

Sen. Ed Reilly, right, put soy bean mix into packets as David Albert puts in macaroni.


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Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.