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McDonough To Be Secretary Of State

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) tomorrow will name John McDonough, a Prince George's lawyer well-connected in Democratic politics, as Maryland's next secretary of state, according to several people familiar with the pick.

WIth the scheduled announcement, O'Malley will fill a Cabinet position that has remained open since he took office in January 2007. The governor and his aides have faced several challenges in filling the post, including a relatively low salary set by statute.

McDonough has a long track long in Prince George's politics and currently serves as counsel to the county's Democratic Central Committee. He is close to both U.S. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).

McDonough's daughter, Caitlin, works in Miller's Senate office, and his wife, Mary Lou, is interim director of the Department of Corrections in Prince George's.

O'Malley has scheduled a 12:30 press conference called "to announce an appointment to the Cabinet."

By John Wagner  |  July 15, 2008; 3:41 PM ET
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He's a hack.

Posted by: Truth | July 15, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

All of the talk in Annapolis is that this guy is being brought in to run a campaign for reelection to fix O'Malley's horrible poll numbers.
I'm glad my tax dollars are being spent on that.

Posted by: Campaign paid for by state | July 16, 2008 5:48 AM | Report abuse

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