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."
July 15, 2008; 3:41 PM ET
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