Why Not Don?
One of the more under the radar issues here in Anne Arundel County is which party will be in control of the House Delegation come January. This is a little trickier than you might expect considering the makeup of the Delegation.
In 2002 Republicans won one seat in Districts 30 and 32, two seats in District 31, and swept all three seats in District 33. That gave Republicans a majority of the seats in our four legislative districts in our county.
Of course, that didn’t sit well with the Democrats. So before the end of their General Assembly terms the Democrats, who held a majority of seats from the 1998 districts and elections, voted to allow the three delegates representing District 21, and new district that included a small slice of Anne Arundel County, full seats on the Delegation. That turned a 7-5 Republican majority into a 8-7 Democrat majority.
Needless to say it was a controversial decision that led to a controversial lawsuit by Delegate Don Dwyer, who took the case all of the way to the Maryland Court of Appeals. The Court ruled in favor of the Democrats and the Republican voters of this county have been suffering ever since.
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This year could be different though. Republicans have a good chance to knock off an incumbent in District 30 or 32. Which means Republicans would assume leadership of the Delegation.
Which brings me to the central point of this piece. After all of the shenanigans pulled by the Democrats, why not elect Don Dwyer to lead the delegation for a year? After all, Don was the one who fought the action in court and tried to ensure that the will of the people is heard. So why not Don?
True, the County Legislative agenda would suffer if Dwyer were to remain at the post for the entire four year term. But just for a year, it is a great idea for Democrats to be reminded of the wrong their party did so many years ago.