Young: No decision on future in politics Ex-senator to weigh constituents' views

January 25, 1998|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Breaking a weeklong silence since he was expelled from the Maryland Senate for ethics violations, Larry Young said yesterday he had made no decisions about mounting a political comeback.

In extended remarks on WOLB-AM radio, Young left the door open to trying to regain his Senate seat but said he would first confer with constituents, labor leaders and ministers.

"We have some time to look at our options," said Young, a West Baltimore Democrat. "But the options I will gather by talking to our constituents."

The Democratic Central Committee for the 44th District, which Young represented until his expulsion, is scheduled to begin interviewing candidates for the empty Senate seat Feb. 10, Young said.

In brief remarks shortly after the expulsion vote Jan. 16, Young suggested he would be a candidate to fill the Senate seat again. But the expulsion resolution adopted by the Senate calls for the removal of Young for the "remainder of the current four-year term," a provision added to ensure that Young would not be quickly returned to the Senate seat.

Agnes B. Welch, head of the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee and a member of the Baltimore City Council, said the central committee would be seeking legal advice about the resolution, presumably to determine if the 44th District central committee could nominate Young to the Senate.

Young said on the radio that he and the three delegates from the 44th District met yesterday for the first time since his expulsion but came to no conclusions about how to fill the Senate vacancy.

Young, who had served more than 23 years in the General Assembly, became the first member of the legislature to be ejected in 201 years. His ouster was prompted by the legislature's ethics committee, which determined that Young had used his public office for personal gain.

Young, 48, is the subject of state and federal criminal investigations.

He has declined to give interviews since his expulsion, but said yesterday that he has been resting and praying. He also said he had lost 18 pounds because of the pressure he has felt in the past several weeks.

"I want everyone to know that I'm well. I'm doing fine," Young said.

He added: "I have no vengeance. I have no agenda for dealing with others."

While Young gave no indication of his intentions, Del. Clarence M. Mitchell IV, also of the 44th District, said on the radio several times that Young's presence is missed greatly in Annapolis.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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