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O'Malley's Hit Parade


There was talk yesterday of the Top 40 at a transition meeting for the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D). But it had nothing to do with music.

Lt. Gov.-elect Anthony G. Brown, who is leading O'Malley's steering committee, told the more than 30 members present at a meeting in Baltimore that an immediate priority is filling the upper layer of administration jobs, including Cabinet secretaries and select board and commission chairmen. The group was dubbed "the Top 40" on a handout distributed in the meeting.

Ralph S. Tyler, who is serving as the transition's executive director, then ticked off a list of departments whose posts O'Malley and Brown would like to fill first. He asked committee members to submit names of potential candidates by next week for "the agencies that have the greatest impact on the citizens of Maryland."

Tyler's list of top-priority departments: Budget and Management; Health and Mental Hygiene; Transportation; Environment; Business and Economic Development; Natural Resources; Public Safety and Correctional Services; Human Resources; and Juvenile Services.

(Left off the initial list were the following Cabinet-level departments under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R): Aging; Agriculture; Disabilities; General Services; Housing and Community Development; Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Planning; State Police; and Veterans Affairs.)

Tyler also noted that the transition team has received more than 1,000 resumes via its new Web site:

By John Wagner  |  November 22, 2006; 10:59 AM ET
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Ike Leggett has only l20 in his transition team.

Posted by: bigger is better | November 22, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Robin Ficker doesn't have ANY in his transition team.

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | November 22, 2006 2:02 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley has 40 in his transition team, Franchot has 47, Leggett has l20 or almost 50% more than the other two put together. If one had to spotlight bloat on the horizon look for think bigger Leggett. He will hire without regard to health and pension benefit costs.

Posted by: think bigger | November 24, 2006 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The only thing more consistent than che's nonsensical off topic cut-and-pastes is their swift removal.

So, which Department heads will be nominated based upon recommendations from Casa de Maryland, otherwise knows as IllegalsRUs?

Posted by: Rufus | November 24, 2006 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't take long for the racists to bear their ugly mugs, does it?

Posted by: Marylander | November 25, 2006 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Who's being a racist, Marylander? Hey, you trying to claim that all illegal immigrants belong to one race? What a bigot!

Posted by: Rufus | November 27, 2006 11:10 AM | Report abuse

God, Rufus, you really are pathetic, aren't you? Your guys LOST. Get over it.

BTW, Casa de Maryland represents the interests of legal AND undocumented immigrants. If you weren't such an ignorant bigot, maybe you'd know that.

Posted by: Enough already | November 27, 2006 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Well Enough already, it appears that the rule of law isn't important to the Left, but we sort of knew that already.

The fact that Casa de Maryland represents illegal immigrants is reason enough to question any public servants who would get into bed with them.

And you can call me all the names you want (since that is what the Left does instead of intelligent debate), you will not silence me.

Posted by: Rufus | November 27, 2006 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Why would we want to silence you, Rufus, when repugnant bigots are such an effective face for the Republican Party? Keep it up, please.

Posted by: Marylander | November 27, 2006 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Marylander, but I remain a registered Democrat who stands in opposition to you repugnant Leftists who have become the effective face of my once-proud party.

Perhaps it's my support for the rule of law that confuses you Leftist?

Posted by: Rufus | November 28, 2006 8:32 AM | Report abuse

So we can add deceit to your list of attributes. Please, tell more.

Posted by: Marylander | November 28, 2006 9:17 AM | Report abuse

No deceit, I've been a registered Democrat since I voted in my first election back in 1978.

Of course, it wasn't the same train-wreck of a party that I found here in Maryland back then.

Just compare the percentages on the voter registrations, which are overwhelmingly Democratic, and compare them to the final vote tallies and even you should be able to realize that the current leadership in Maryland has alienated vast numbers of law-abiding citizen.

Posted by: Rufus | November 28, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's just not the land of Dixie anymore is it?

Posted by: Marylander | November 28, 2006 11:59 AM | Report abuse


Geez, you DO live in a dream world. No wonder you're a Leftist.

Posted by: Rufus | November 28, 2006 2:48 PM | Report abuse

And you can call me all the names you want (since that is what the Right does instead of intelligent debate), you will not silence me.

Posted by: Marylander | November 28, 2006 7:50 PM | Report abuse

LOL! You guys just can't generate an original thought!

And wipe the egg of that attempted Dixie slur off your face. It makes you look even sillier.

Posted by: Rufus | November 29, 2006 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy the desert, Rufus.

Posted by: Marylander | November 29, 2006 9:33 AM | Report abuse

You mean the economic desert that Maryland will become? Sounds like fun, Marylander.

Posted by: Rufus | November 29, 2006 1:19 PM | Report abuse

No, I mean the political desert, where your ilk have been consigned for at least the next 4 years.

Posted by: Marylander | November 29, 2006 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Dream on, we're still here to mock your every failure (and there will be plenty).

Posted by: Rufus | November 30, 2006 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Bring a few canteens. All that mocking in the desert will surely work up a thirst.

Posted by: Marylander | November 30, 2006 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Actually, a desert would be preferable to a state being run into the ground by mindless Leftists, but there's no desert to be seen near me.

I understand your undying support for the O'Malley bunch. When the only time you get a raise is when the minimum wage gets increased, it might lead you to feel (not think!) that the Left makes some sense.

Posted by: Rufus | November 30, 2006 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ad hominem attacks are allowed from the desert, even if legislating or actually having a say in the business of the state isn't.

Posted by: Marylander | November 30, 2006 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course, there will be a lot less "business" in the state once the Left begins their economy-choking agenda.

Lots of shopping trips to Delaware will be planned over the next 4 years, sho'nuff!

Posted by: Rufus | December 1, 2006 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps you'll consider a permanent change of scenery.

Posted by: Marylander | December 1, 2006 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I do believe my tax dollars would be better spent elsewhere.

Or perhaps I'll just adopt John Kerry's solution and start paying a tax rate more in line with someone from the lower middle class despite my actual income.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?

Posted by: Rufus | December 1, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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