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December 16, 2014

Staying the Same

Roy Meachum

The more that they change, most of them stay the same – especially at Christmas. Affecting the city, Chief of Police Kim Dine left for Capitol Hill in December. A Frederick News-Post story alerted us that a different personality will be sitting in his office; a lady could move into the space.

 

As far as politicians go, they are well recognized even before they get elected to office. Under a Democratic executive sits a GOP leader, whom I’ve known before: Harold “Bud” Otis. He served as chief of staff for Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. He did it well. Bud can do a job whatever Executive Jan Gardner hands to him.

 

Left over from the previous administration are Republicans Billy Shreve and Kirby Delauter; lost to politics – temporarily – are Paul Smith and David Gray.

 

Mr. Smith certainly eyed another elective office, the role of the delegate to Annapolis, and ran for it. Mr. Gray went down because of Blaine Young’s force in the primary, combined with Blaine’s personality. This was where the decision entered. Backed by four commissioners – Mr. Gray excepted – made Mr. Young the head of what’s happening in real estate.

 

Beefing up are Tony Chmelik, Jerry Donald, Jessica Fitzwater and M. C. Keegan-Ayer; I can’t find any political party affiliation for each of them. But they took office on December 1st; from here-on, you can figure for yourself. Will they stay with County Executive Gardner or not! The swing-over should make politics easier, except Bud Otis and intervention by Jan herself. They only have the clout of the ballot box. We’ll see!

 

The political life is unchanged, except for state Sen. David Brinkley. After the political loss, his life underwent a revolution.

 



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