Annapolis notes for January 15

January 15, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Shank appears likely to give up delegation leadership

Since 2003, Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, has been the chairman of Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

This year, Shank appears ready to give up that position - possibly to Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany.

Shank - the new House minority whip - declined to comment on the delegation chairmanship Thursday, but lawmakers representing Washington County have said Shank plans to step down.

The delegation might choose a new chairman this week.

Washington County man named to state GOP post

A Washington County resident involved in Republican politics has been named the state GOP's political director.

Corey Stottlemyer was the regional political director for Gov. Robert Ehrlich's campaign last year.

He also was the campaign manager for Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, in 2002 and advised six Republicans running as a group for Hagerstown city offices - mayor and five council seats - in 2005.


The Maryland Republican Party announced Stottlemyer's new job last week along with two other hires: John Flynn of Annapolis as executive director and Wendy Hershey of Queen Anne's County as events coordinator.

Mooney is one of two to vote against Miller

This year, state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, wasn't sold on having Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert/Prince George's, in charge.

On Wednesday, in a 44-2 vote to approve Miller as Senate president for the 21st straight year, Mooney and Sen. Andrew P. Harris, R-Baltimore County/Harford, were the only two opponents.

"He's made it clear his goal is to eliminate Republicans," Mooney said the next day. "He's not showed fair treatment of Republicans in the Senate."

Mooney has voted against Miller's presidency three times and in favor three times. He also has abstained three times.

Busch got a little help from another politician

During a visit to the State House media room Thursday, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, let reporters in on a secret about his speech that opened the 2007 session the previous day.

It seems that the payoff line in Busch's unifying address to House colleagues - "We are Marylanders" - was inspired by ... a California Republican.

Busch said he saw Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on TV saying something along the lines of "We are all Californians."

Busch borrowed the line - correctly switching the state reference, of course.

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