Eggs and Drama in Prince George's
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. "
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