Senators preparing to oust colleague
By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Maryland Sen. Donald F. Munson said Tuesday he supports the Senate leadership's effort to oust embattled Sen. Larry Young, who earlier this week was found to be in violation of General Assembly ethics requirements by a legislative panel.
"The Senate is like an extended family. To have to punish a member of the family is never easy,' and to give the most extreme punishment is a most difficult decision. But in this case it was clearly warranted," said Munson, a Hagerstown Republican.
He and Sen. John W. Derr, R-Frederick/Washington, said they would vote in favor of expelling Young from the Senate.
"He did things that were absolutely wrong," said Derr, the Senate's minority whip.
Several Washington County lawmakers expressed support for the work of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, which issued a 22-page report on Monday that said Young, a Baltimore City lawmaker, "betrayed the public trust" by using his public office for private gain.