Friday, August 31, 2012

Liz’s Last Stand

Delegate Liz Bobo announced last night that she will retire in 2014 after her current term expires. According to this story by Lindsey McPherson in Explore Howard “she made her decision this summer, shortly before the special session on gambling expansion, which she did not attend because she was on vacation with family.”

Some people criticized Liz for passing on the special session. At the time she defended her decision to stay on vacation instead of returning to Annapolis by claiming that her vote against the gambling bill was not likely to affect the outcome.

I'm not so sure about that. As it turns out the vote was very close.

Liz was facing a different playing field if she had decided to run for reelection. Her legistlative district was been redrawn, diluting her Columbia base.

Right away speculation has begun as to who might take her place. Among those being talked about even before Liz made her announcement is County Council person Mary Kay Sigaty. Mary Kay was once a Liz ally but they became estranged over Mary Kays decision to sponsor the Columbia Town Center redevelopment legislation. Liz backed Mary Kays Democratic primary challenger in the last election.
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