Fink introduced another amendment that would have cut nearly half of the budget of the county's Economic Development Corporation, which Fink called "corporate welfare." The amendment, which was debated for nearly 30 minutes, failed 5-2, with Fink and Grasso in the minority.
Councilman Daryl Jones chalked up the drama to "different personalities."
"There's going to be some growing pains," said Jones, a Democrat in his second term. "And some learning that will help things evolve. I'm hopeful that it will eventually gel."
As the clock neared midnight, the council considered a bill introduced jointly by Councilman Chris Trumbauer, a Democrat who represents Annapolis, and Walker, which would defer funding for the design and construction of a new school building for Severna Park High School. The amendment would take those funds and divert them to construction projects at six elementary schools in Walker and Trumbauer's districts.
Trumbauer and Walker said there were no politics involved. They were righting a wrong, they said, after Leopold unfairly pushed Severna Park High to the top of the county school system's construction priority list.
The measure passed 4-3, with Benoit and Jones joining the sponsors in supporting the amendment. Ladd stormed off, leaving his seat empty. Benoit called for a five-minute recess, but before the council could agree, Ladd was back in his chair.