Frank W. Stegman was confirmed as secretary of labor, licensing and regulation on a 29-18 vote. The only difference in the tally: Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, a Howard County Democrat who voted against Mr. Knapp, chose to endorse Mr. Stegman.
The votes took less than 10 minutes, providing an anticlimactic end to weeks of lobbying and behind-the-scenes negotiation. Only Minority Leader John A. Cade spoke against the two nominees on the floor, calling them unqualified "muldoons" and political "soldiers" who carried out orders benefiting a select few.
"They left Prince George's County in financial and organizational shambles," said Mr. Cade, an Anne Arundel Republican. "In the selection of Cabinet members, the governor has a responsibility to himself, the General Assembly and the people to set a higher standard."
Mr. Knapp, a former Prince George's County personnel officer, and Mr. Stegman, the county's labor commissioner, helped to set up the generous early pension program that benefited the governor and three top aides after they were "involuntary separated" from county service.
Mr. Knapp was one of the aides who qualified for the early pension, although he and the two others have said they will forfeit benefits until they leave state service. Mr. Glendening has said he will forgo the special benefits entirely.
The governor issued a statement yesterday saying he was pleased by the "clear, strong majority" decision. He praised the Senate for understanding "the depth of the qualifications and professional experience" of the nominees."
"Senate members were able to fully understand the issues that faced the county during the recession and why the actions were taken," Mr. Glendening said.
Mr. Knapp said he was "definitely relieved that it's over and thankful for the result." He and Mr. Stegman endured a five-hour hearing Friday before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee.
"It's difficult for anyone to be under such intense scrutiny, particularly for actions they took several years ago," he said. "I think I'll be a better person for it and certainly more cautious."
Senate President Miller said his no votes reflected many of the same concerns expressed by Mr. Cade. Mr. Glendening, he said, should have looked beyond Prince George's County when he chose to fill two important positions.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas L. Bromwell, a Baltimore County Democrat who also opposed the nominees, said the lack of floor debate was simply the result of a recognition that votes could not be swayed. There was no point, he said, in castigating the choices.
"When you smell blood in the water, you go for it, and nobody smelled blood today," Mr. Bromwell said.
Republicans said the nominees were never a partisan issue, but state GOP leaders said they think voters will remember today's votes in four years.
"Not one Democrat stood on the floor to defend them," noted Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Joyce L. Terhes. "They know what the public sentiment is out there."
The governor's intensive lobbying blitz probably spared him the embarrassment of losing two Cabinet nominations, but he had another ally in the debate: the belief held by many legislators that he deserved to name his own staff.
HOW SENATORS VOTED
The Maryland Senate voted yesterday to approve the nominations of Michael J. Knapp to be personnel secretary and Frank W. Stegman to be secretary of labor, licensing and regulation. The two roll calls were identical except for the votes of Howard County Democrat Edward J. Kasemeyer. He voted against Mr. Knapp and for Mr. Stegman.
Amoss, William H., D-Harford
Baker, Walter M., D-Cecil
Blount, Clarence W., D-Baltimore
Collins, Michael J., D-Balto. Co.
Currie, Ulysses, D-Pr. George's
Della, George W. Jr., D-Baltimore
Forehand, Jennie M., D-Montgomery
Frosh, Brian E., D-Montgomery
Green, Leo E., D-Pr. George's
Hafer, John, R-Allegany
Hoffman, Barbara A., D-Baltimore
Hollinger, Paula C., D-Balto. Co.
Hughes, Ralph M., D-Baltimore
Jimeno, Philip, D-Anne Arundel
Kelley, Delores G., D-Balto. Co.
Lawlah, Gloria, D-Pr. George's
McFadden, Nathaniel J., D-Baltimore
Middlebrooks, Edward, R-Anne Arundel
Middleton, Thomas M., D-Charles
Pica, John A. Jr., D-Baltimore
Pinsky, Paul G., D-Pr. George's
Ruben, Ida G., D-Montgomery
Sfikas, Perry, D-Baltimore
Stone, Norman R., D-Balto. Co.
Teitlebaum, Leonard H., D-Montgomery
Trotter, Decatur, D-Pr. George's
Van Hollen, Christopher, D-Montgomery
Young, Larry, D-Baltimore
Astle, John C., D-Anne Arundel
Boozer, F. Vernon, R-Balto. Co.
Bromwell, Thomas L., D-Balto. Co.
Cade, John A., R-Anne Arundel
Colburn, Richard, R-Dorchester
Craig, David, R-Harford
Derr, John W., R-Frederick
Dorman, Arthur, D-Pr. George's
Dyson, Roy, D-St. Mary's
Ferguson, Timothy R., R-Carroll
Haines, Larry E., R-Carroll
Hogan, Patrick J., R-Montgomery
Kasemeyer, Edward J., D-Howard
Madden, Martin G., R-Howard
McCabe, Christopher, R-Howard
Miller, Thomas V. Mike Jr., D-Pr. George's
Munson, Donald F., R-Washington
Roesser, Jean W., R-Montgomery
Stoltzfus, J. Lowell, R-Somerset