Apparently, the Governor has neither a bad memory or a good sense of humor. You may recall that I have sued his administration three times over their actions in Annapolis. (I sued over the $1.5 billion Special Session tax increase, placig slots in our Constitution and forced unionization of DayCare providers).
One would have thought though, that he was able to do simple math.
As you will recall, throughout this process, I have asked those who voted for Delegate Hershey to put forth a single reason that they supported him. I have asked for a single position or accomplishment that he has achieved in his three years as a Delegate. I extended the query to Delegate Hershey as well. Receiving no reply, I invited Delegate Hershey to a debate for all of the Republican Central Committee members to attend and try to come up with a single name to submit to the Governor.
Delegate Hershey refused to debate, preferring to rely on Governor O’Malley to make the decision for the next Republican Senator.
The Governor’s press release (see below) indicates that his decision was based upon “the individual who had the broadest public support” in the district. I had the support of 64% of the electorate in the Central Committee appointment process in the 36th district–Queen Annes (constituting 37% of the district) and Cecil (27% of the district) are the largest voting blocks in the district. By winning their support, I had the support of most of the district. Hershey received 34% of the districts support (Kent has 16% of the district and Caroline has 18%).
Additionally, Delegate Hershey defeated Delegate Sossi by just over 100 votes in the last primary election. I won the primary by over 3000 votes.
Smigiel: 64% of the vote
Hershey: 34% of the vote.
The Governor didn’t want to discuss qualifications but rather justified his choice with the same kind of fuzzy liberal math that has put us into a the fiscal disaster that is Maryland.
The Governor’s Press Release:
Governor O’Malley Appoints Stephen S. Hershey as Senator for Legislative District 36
September 18th, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today appointed Del. Stephen S. Hershey as Senator for Legislative District 36, representing parts of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties. He will fill the vacancy left by Maryland Senator E.J. Pipkin, who resigned August 12, 2013. Mr. Hershey’s term will begin effective immediately.
“I respect both Delegate Smigiel and Delegate Hershey,” said Governor O’Malley. “Filling a Republican vacancy is a matter that should have been resolved by the Republican Central Central Committees of the District. Rather than resolving their differences, the Republican Central Committee has forwarded two names to my desk. In discharging my Constitutional duty of selecting just one of these candidates, I am guided not by which candidate I would prefer, but rather by which candidate has demonstrated the broadest electoral support in the district. In both the Central Committee balloting and the last general election, Del. Hershey has demonstrated a broader base of support, and therefore, I have decided to appoint Delegate Hershey to fill this Senate vacancy.”
As stated in the Maryland Constitution Article III, Sec. 13, Governor O’Malley is required to make an appointment to fill a Senate vacancy from a written submission by the Central Committee of the political party affiliated with the vacating Senator.
Per Constitutional requirements, the Republican Central Committees for Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Cecil County submitted names to Governor O’Malley within 30 days of the vacancy. The Central Committees split their decision: the Republican Central Committees for Kent County and Caroline County submitted Delegate Hershey for appointment and the Republican Central Committees for Queen Anne’s County and Cecil County submittedDelegate Smigiel for appointment.
While each of the two delegates put forth were supported by two of the central committees, Delegate Hershey garnered more total votes from the four counties than any other candidate. In this case, the split required Governor O’Malley to make the appointment upon receiving the last Central Committee’s submission.