By Michael Dresser and David Nitkin
Originally published Jun 25, 2002
TRUST COMPTROLLER William Donald Schaefer to tell you what he
Last week's Board of Public Works meeting brought state schools
Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend together for their first joint appearance since Grasmick decided
against joining Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in a run for governor.
Townsend was leading the meeting in place of Gov. Parris N. Glendening,
and Grasmick was part of a team lobbying for an African-American
Before Grasmick left the room, Schaefer praised her decision, saying she
was "putting education above politics."
The job she holds now can truly make a difference, he said, compared
with some others. "It's great to be lieutenant governor, but ...," said
Schaefer, his voice trailing off in disdain.
A hush came over the room, waiting for Townsend's reaction.
Townsend typically disarms Schaefer's outbursts with a pat on the
shoulder, a squeeze on the forearm and a compliment. This time, she did a
double take. "I was very interested in checking out where you were going
with that," she said with a chuckle.
The mood lightened moments later when Del. Michael E. Busch, the Anne
Arundel Democrat, tried to deflect Schaefer's critical questioning of the
state's ability to pay for a county land preservation deal.
"We all agree on one thing," Busch said. "We'd like to see the lieutenant
governor become the next governor."
Townsend promptly asked that the land purchase be approved. "Well,
that was a very compelling argument," she said.
Carlson won't run again for General Assembly
Yet another up-and-coming Montgomery County delegate is leaving the
Just weeks after Del. Cheryl C. Kagan surprised Montgomery political
mavens by announcing she would not run for re-election, Del. Paul H.
Carlson has done the same.
Carlson, a 32-year-old Democrat, said his decision had nothing to do
with redistricting and everything to do with family.
He was on the three-candidate team that defeated the previously
all-Republican 39th District House delegation in 1998. He was
considered likely for political advancement and for a time gave serious
thought to challenging Sen. Patrick J. Hogan in the Democratic primary.
Carlson, newly married and intent on starting a family, said he decided
to run for personal reasons. He pointed to the demands of a job that is
part time only in theory -- with the pressures of fund raising, constituent
service and running a campaign.
"It's at least a minimum of six months out of the year," he said, adding
he might be interested in a comeback when his family's financial security is
House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. said he was surprised that the
promising freshman will not be returning.
"He's got great credentials for public life, but I think he's being very
While Carlson is leaving the House, one of the Republicans he defeated
1998 is attempting to return -- this time as a Democrat.
Matthew J. Mossburg is among those seeking a delegate's seat in the
newly all-Montgomery 14th District. He said he switched parties after the
1998 election, deciding he was out of step with fellow Republicans on the
role of government.
"I've seen the light. I've had a conversion," he said.
Sauerbrey tapped for post in Bush administration
Two-time gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey has a new position
with the Bush administration.
The president announced last week that he has nominated Sauerbrey for
an ambassador-level position on the United States Commission on the
Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council of the United
Her nomination requires confirmation by the Senate. Sauerbrey predicted
the post will be "an exciting opportunity" and "a terrific challenge."
Sauerbrey, a former delegate and House of Delegates Republican leader,
was chairwoman of the Bush campaign in Maryland and is a GOP
national committeewoman. Last year, she was appointed by Bush to go to
Geneva as part of a six-week human rights mission.
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