Md. Senate delays vote on transportation secretary at Muse's request
The Maryland Senate on Friday delayed a vote to confirm Beverley K. Swaim-Staley as Gov. Martin O'Malley's transportation secretary at the request of a Prince George's senator.
Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's) offered no explanation on the Senate floor for seeking the one-week delay and said little afterward in an interview, other than that he and some of his colleagues were trying to work through "some things."
Swaim-Staley was appointed by O'Malley (D) in September and has been serving in an acting capacity pending Senate confirmation. She is the first woman to lead the department and succeeded John D. Porcari, who joined President Obama's administration as deputy transportation secretary.
Other senators have said that a number of black members are using Swaim-Staley's confirmation process to discuss personnel-related issues at the department.
"I understand that certain African-American senators are concerned with progress within the Department of Transportation," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said in an interview. "They've communicated their concerns to the secretary, and they're communicating their concerns to the governor."
Miller said he considers Staim-Staley "imminently qualified" and said her confirmation is not in danger.
There were no concerns raised Monday night, when Swaim-Staley appeared before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee, which unanimously recommended her confirmation to the full Senate.
Porcari and numerous transportation department staff members attended the committee meeting to show their support for Swaim-Staley.
February 19, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
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