Arundel House delegation splits leader posts by party

Love again chairwoman, GOP's Boschert at No. 2

January 14, 2003|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

As some delegates distributed pink roses of peace, members of Anne Arundel County's House delegation met for the first time since a recent court dispute and elected a Democrat as chairwoman and a Republican as vice chairman.

Republican Del. David G. Boschert will be the No. 2 leader to Del. Mary Ann Love, a Democrat who was re-elected chairwoman.

The move follows months of partisan squabbling that culminated in a court battle.

Republicans unsuccessfully sought to gain control of the delegation.

They had challenged the legality of a Dec. 2 vote at which the delegation - including two Democratic delegates who had been defeated in the November election - approved full voting powers for three Prince George's County delegates whose district contains a sliver of Anne Arundel County.

The result was an 8-7 majority for the Democrats.

The delegation had previously agreed on other rules that would have given the Prince George's County legislators one collective vote, which would have ensured a GOP majority starting this year.

To some, yesterday's meeting marked progress.

"The Democrats have at least acknowledged the Republicans of Anne Arundel County matter," said Erik Robey of the county's Republican Central Committee, which backed the unsuccessful lawsuit.

But three Republicans abstained from the vote for Boschert and voted against Love.

"By changing our delegation rules after the election ... the Democrat members of this delegation took Governor Ehrlich's olive branch and beat us over the head with it," Republican Del. Herbert H. McMillan told the delegation.

The county delegation largely controls what local legislation is introduced in the House.

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