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Munson changes mind, won't lobby

September 26, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

Donald F. Munson, who lost his state Senate seat last fall, has abandoned his plan to become a lobbyist.

“I decided that lobbying wasn’t for me in life,” Munson said Wednesday. “My desire in life was to be in public service.”

Munson’s 36-year state legislative career ended after Christopher B. Shank defeated him last year in a Republican primary and the general election.

Two months after the election, Munson was back in Annapolis for this year’s legislative session, working on health care issues for Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.

At the time, Munson said his goal was to join a lobbying firm. He asked Casper R. Taylor Jr., who became a lobbyist after 28 years as a state delegate, for advice.

Munson also renewed his $400-a-month lease to keep open his local office on West Church Street in Hagerstown.

Under Maryland law, state legislators must wait until at least one full 90-day General Assembly session has passed after they leave office before they may register as lobbyists.

This week, Munson, 73, said he has given up on lobbying and is enjoying spending more time with his 9-year-old grandson.

He plans to close his Hagerstown office at the end of the year.

His desire to be an elected official hasn’t gone away, though, and he said he might run for office again.

“I haven’t ruled anything out,” he said.

That includes a possible 2014 rematch against Shank, who Munson continues to call a “dismal” legislator.

“The field’s wide open,” Munson said.

Shank, who served three terms as a delegate, defeated Munson, 57 percent to 43 percent, in the GOP primary in September 2010.

In the November 2010 general election, Shank had 71 percent of the vote and Munson received 28 percent as a write-in candidate. One percent voted for other write-in candidates.

Shank said Thursday that it’s too early to think about an election that’s three years away.

“I’m focused on doing the best job I can for the citizens of Washington County,” he said.

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