Sutton leaving as executive director of state Republican Party

May 14, 2004|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN STAFF

The executive director of the Maryland Republican Party is leaving after 17 months in the job to join a Washington-based media and political consulting firm.

Eric Sutton, 27, will join MH Media, a firm recently founded by veteran political consultant Mike Hudome.

"The bottom line is it is a great opportunity," Sutton said yesterday. "It's something I've always wanted to do. It's a step up. I'll be working on campaigns across the country."

A former Delaware GOP official, Sutton was hand-picked by state party Chairman John M. Kane to help rebuild the state's Republican apparatus after the 2002 victory of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the first of his party to hold the position since Spiro T. Agnew, who left office in 1968.

"While we will sorely miss his hard work ethic, loyalty, and strong political instincts, we are equally pleased to see Eric advance his career and accept this new challenge," Kane said in a statement.

Hudome is a former partner of Mike Murphy, one of the nation's best-known Republican political consultants. The Murphy Pintak Gautier Hudome agency worked on the successful campaigns of former U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham of Michigan, who is now energy secretary; and the gubernatorial campaigns of Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, John Engler in Michigan and Jeb Bush in Florida, among others.

Hudome said yesterday that Sutton was his first hire for the new firm.

"What he has more than most people in this business is natural political instincts, and you can't teach people that," Hudome said.

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