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Eggs and Drama in Prince George's

Rosalind Helderman

There was a packed house for the Prince George's Ploughman and Fisherman breakfast this morning, the annual fundraiser for the Democratic Central Committee. A packed house for a time, that is.

Those at the back of the La Fontaine Bleu banquet hall were treated to the scene of a visibly (and vocally) steamed County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) storming out midway through breakfast. The calming influence of Sen. Ulysses Currie, who hurried over to talk down the executive, failed to soothe Johnson, who left long before he was scheduled to speak.

Johnson had another event to attend and was apparently displeased at the speaking order that put his remarks after Del. Joanne Benson, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Sen. Ben Cardin, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Sen. Mike Miller (who left before his remarks), Del. Barbara Frush, Sen. Gwendolyn Britt and Congressman Al Wynn.

That gave him the honored spot, right before Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Gov. Martin O'Malley, but meant a lot of waiting for the exec and also that a lot of attendees who left early would miss his remarks.

Democratic party leaders said they were not aware of his unhappiness and were generally pleased with the event, which drew several hundred. The statewide leaders stressed the important of Prince George's Democrats in their elections in 2006--and tried to get party activists pumped about a run for the White House in 2008.

"You were so critically important, essential, in the vanguard, of turning this state away from the George-Bush like neo-conservative detour that the governor who shall remain nameless had taken us on," O'Malley told the crowd.

A notable absence from the politico-studded event: Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who is feuding with the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee over $15,000 they say he owes them for appearing on their sample ballot in November's election. He denies ever agreeing to make the pyament. "

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 7, 2007; 2:41 PM ET
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Posted by: The World Famous 1st Man | June 7, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Jack Johnson is a bama. Remember when he called on cops to crack down on beggars and vendors in median strips? They are still there, three years later, even the fake nurses and the people who gimp carrying perfectly-cut and apparently new orange-juice containers! Johnson is as ineffective as W.

Posted by: Hey! | June 7, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Candidates have to PAY to get on a sample ballot????? That doesn't seem right.

Posted by: webbrat | June 7, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Jack Johnson is a horrible, terrible leader for the county. When guys like Johnson get elected, then re-elected, it really says a lot about the voters of PG County... and none of it good.

Posted by: corbett | June 7, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Prince George's government has been improving its functioning and performance in various ways over last four years. The Council and the Executive both deserve some of the credit. For example, there is more available info about public affairs, somewhat more control on land use, good school and infrastructure expansion, and open space purchases. We are still too tightly in the grasp of the monied interests, who care little about residents' quality of life, but this is not specific to Prince George's County. Give us a break!

Posted by: Charles Reilly | June 7, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Who are the people running the party in Prince George's? Apparently they couldn't figure out that they should have checked with the highest ranking county official what his schedule was and when he preferred to speak (ditto for the Senate President, who also didn't get to speak). Aren't these the same people who stood by and said and did nothing while most of our county council endorsed the Republican in the US Senate race? Good for Johnson for standing up for himself.

And good for Gansler for not giving in to their payola demand. I hope other politicians will do likewise and look closely at where this money is going. By the way, how much did Nate Thomas pay to be on the ballot?

Posted by: True Blue | June 7, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Charles Reilly come back to reality. Good school expansion??? Are you nuts? Land use and infrastructure planning in Prince George's County is hideous. Homicides on the rise. Nearly every school is overcrowded and failing. Traffic is horrible due to certain dumb council members who will remain nameless (and who are in the pocket of developers) and an Exec who is asleep at the wheel. Too bad there aren't too many people in my party (Libertarian) in the county to matter.

Posted by: Charles Reilly Come Back to Reality | June 7, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Slots for sample ballots.

Posted by: Lucky | June 7, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Charles Reilly wrote - For example, there is more available info about public affairs.

Please explain, and provide some examples of instances in which this Executive and Council have, in the last four years, made available more information on a topic than earlier governments.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | June 7, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley has the least class of any elected official I have ever seen.

Posted by: BG from PG | June 8, 2007 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I would pay $150 for a seat at a political event in Prince George's more often if I could be guaranteed that Jack Johnson would not speak.

Posted by: 3 mo years | June 8, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley's comments could have been made by the new leadership in Germany around 1933 in regards to the Weimar Republic.

What a shame such a buffoon is our Gov.

Posted by: Rufus | June 12, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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