No resolution on new Western Maryland delegate – Mike Hough asks for both names to not be submitted to O’Malley

Local Republican committees last night were unable to agree upon who should become the next lawmaker representing Frederick County and a small portion of Washington County. A vacancy was created last month when the sitting delegate resigned to work for the new Frederick mayor, and Republicans are responsible for selecting a replacement.

Republicans from both counties interviewed Mike Hough, Charles Jenkins and John Lovell, all Frederick residents. Hough sits on the Frederick Republican Central Committee, which seemed to cause part of the strife. His committee voted for him last night, while the Washington County Republican Central Committee picked Jenkins.

The discord means Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley might get to choose the lawmaker representing a very Republican part of the state. He’d pick between Hough and Jenkins.

Kelly Schulz, chairwoman of the Frederick Republicans, said earlier this week that she had hoped the committees would be able to reach a singular conclusion. Last night she released this statement:

“After thoughtful discussion and deliberation, Mike Hough, was the chosen candidate to fill the vacant seat by the FCRCC. Charles Jenkins was chosen as the candidate by the WCRCC.

The final nominations will be hand delivered the Governor’s Office on Thursday morning. The Governor will have up to 15 days to make the appointment official. It is anticipated that the Governor will perform this important task prior to January 13th which is the beginning of the 2010 General Session.”

But wait!

This morning, Hough dispatched a statement of his own:

“In light of the unexpected split decision late Wednesday night (January 6, 2010) regarding the vacancy in District 3B, I am requesting that you not deliver my name nor Charles Jenkins’ name to Governor Martin O’Malley for twenty-four hours.

We were successful at Wednesday night’s meeting in narrowing down the choices to two names. Since the legislative session does not begin until next Wednesday, January 13, 2010, I am confident that we have time to resolve these differences so that we can present one name as our Republican delegate.

The Maryland Constitution clearly gives our party the responsibility to determine this replacement. Let us not abdicate our obligation as the Republican parties of Frederick and Washington Counties to make this important selection by leaving this decision to a Democrat Governor.”

I’ll post an update as soon as I hear more about what’s going on.


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