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Posted at 2:31 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Prince George's Council member Marilynn Bland accused of assault

By Mike DeBonis

Prince George's County Council member Marilynn M. Bland is accused of having assaulted a council employee earlier this month.

A charge was filed Sunday in District Court by W. Randy Short, who serves as executive director of the county council's Youth Commission. The alleged assault, Short said in a court filing [PDF], happened Nov. 17 at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, shortly after he had convened a meeting of the commission to install new members.

Bland (D-Clinton) is set to be installed as clerk of the county's Circuit Court on Wednesday. Bland's council office referred a request for comment to council spokeswoman Karen Campbell, who did not immediately return a phone call and e-mail.

Short said in an interview today that he was hired by Bland in May to head the office, which was created in 2006 through a bill sponsored by Bland and serves to "[f]oster increased youth involvement in the affairs of County government."

Bland became upset, Short said, because he started the 6:30 p.m. meeting while she was still in her office. "She grabbed me by my collar, screaming, yelling, cursing," Short said. "She was telling me, 'You're crazy'; 'How dare you start a meeting without me?'; 'Who do you think you are?' "

Bland then pushed him away after her tirade, Short said. Later in the evening, he said, Bland verbally abused him again.

"You tell me if that's the kind of way that folks should treat people," Short said.

Short said he waited more than a week to file a charge because he thought he might get an apology, but one never came. "There's no contrite attitude toward it," he said. "I don't want this to happen to anyone else. ... I don't want to fired and get a bad reference. So I better have this document, because if they fire me tomorrow, they'll think I can't do anything."

No court date has been set; the second-degree assault charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years incarceration or a $2,500 fine. The allegation is not related to the ongoing federal probe of corruption in the county government.

By Mike DeBonis  | November 29, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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Comments

what do you expect when you work for trash.

Posted by: agwilson1399 | November 29, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Nobody should be choked by their boss.

Posted by: Hellmut | November 29, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well there you go...for anyone who ever wanted to take an elected official by the collar and shake them apparently they feel the same way!
The incident really speaks to the lack of professionalism more than physical threat. Who would ever think to put their hands on a co-worker or subordinate? That tells me this official is completely unqualified to hold office if the allegations are true.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 29, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Recall! and remove from office!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 29, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

No surprise from Mickey Mouse Bland.

Posted by: edlharris | November 29, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

This is probably the least of her worries right now.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 29, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well - - I don't know what's more troubling: (1) the fact that this County Official (who has arguably been unstable and unable to practice self-governance/restraint for a number of years now) allegedly "jacked" this guy up, (2) that he allowed it..., or (3) that the County residents elected her to be the next Clerk of the Court!!! Hmmmm....I'm going to go with #3.

Posted by: mufasa1906 | November 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This woman has been caught up with issue after issue, and people of this county keep voting her in. I mean at what point is enough, enough?

Posted by: meatkins | November 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Well - - I don't know what's more troubling: (1) the fact that this County Official (who has arguably been unstable and unable to practice self-governance/restraint for a number of years now) allegedly "jacked" this guy up, (2) that he allowed it..., or (3) that the County residents elected her to be the next Clerk of the Court!!! Hmmmm....I'm going to go with #3.

Get ready Prince Georges County residents - - she's coming soon to a Court near you! Be afraid....be VERY afraid!

Posted by: mufasa1906 | November 29, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

A little too much diva-tude from an elected official; time to remove this 'public servant' and make her go earn a living.

Posted by: guisher | November 29, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This is the new Clerk of the Court? PG is off the chain.

Posted by: Special_One40 | November 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the real world.....

File an assault charge to not get a bad reference....bwah!!

Someone should tell this 'Short' dude he gave himself a bad reference by making this small incident such big news....

I wouldn't want this guy as my employee because he now appears to be a snitch and will taddle tale on everything this guy, who is not the boss or owner of the company who nor part of the team that built the company up, sees as 'questionable'.....

This guy is making himself bigger than he really needs to be....

....She put her hands on you....well you act like a pimp and come correct accordingly....pimp slap the b!tch back to when she was building pyramids in Egypt...STAMPED...

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Good for him and it's about time...Directors, Supervisors and Managers would not be anything without the staff...bring bad management to the light more than likely you will not be the only one..

4th Floor get letting folks kick you around; not sure where you come from but it is not the real world anymore...

Posted by: shadon1 | November 29, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Good for him and it's about time...Directors, Supervisors and Managers would not be anything without the staff...bring bad management to the light more than likely you will not be the only one..

4th Floor get letting folks kick you around; not sure where you come from but it is not the real world anymore...

Posted by: shadon1 | November 29, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Yeah Yeah.....we know it ain't right...Alot of ish goes on in the workplace that is not right....

But, the real question that no one above has addressed.....Was it the best move for him to file these charges? How many bridges were burned because if this? Would he have been best served if he quit right then and there.

He is (IMHO) doing himself a disservice by filing these charges.

1. You are spending $$ you don't have.

2. You are now in the news for something really stupid in 'most' eyes.

3. Future employers will think, 'Surely this could have been diffused in a better situation that would not cast either in the dark'.

All I am saying, he didn't think things through and he would have been better of at the end of the day if he would have pimp smacked the b!tch....STAMPED....

But forgive me for giving the brotha some advice......Don't go out like that cuzzo....Be a Man about it....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh good Lord...this is an elected official accused of this.
If this demonstrates her judgement I feel for the taxpayers in PGC.
Why would she feel it was acceptable to put her hands on this guy? Extremely poor judgement...and then to show the immaturity to not even apologize?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 29, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This woman has been caught up with issue after issue, and people of this county keep voting her in. I mean at what point is enough, enough?
Posted by: meatkins

Meatkins is right. She probably is feeling the preasure from this FBI investigation. She knows her fingernails are "DIRTY" and they are finally going to catch up to her.

Posted by: bigd57 | November 29, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

There had to be a better way to handle this than filing an assault charge.

Posted by: inyourdreams | November 29, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

P. G. County Govt. - The gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | November 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love PG County.

It's where you live when you can't afford to live anywhere else.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | November 29, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It's where you live when you can't afford to live anywhere else.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | November 29, 2010 5:25 PM

STAMPED

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

These people don't deserve Wegmans.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | November 29, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse


Whadda government! Don't worry about Wegmans, they will be just like the old Price Club (COSTCO)in Marlow Heights. More stuff will be going out the back door than the front.


Posted by: mortified469 | November 29, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

It is racism.

Now we will never get a Nordstrom.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | November 29, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they have a different water supply?

Posted by: oyvey | November 29, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

excuse me people. Let's put the blame for the event in question where it squarely belongs - Marilyn Bland.
PeeGee County is simply the victim. If you want to pick on a geographical area, there's always West Virgina.

Posted by: spqr2k | November 30, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Marilynn Bland is a Democrat. Would her party affiliation have been ignored if she were a Republican?

Posted by: dcrussell | November 30, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Why is she still working in this county? She has been surrounded in scandal since the 90's. But residents keep re-electing (probably name recognition, not the issues). I don't blame this guy for starting the meeting on-time, she's always late for meetings.

Posted by: ceemoore1 | November 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Too many of these comments are off the subject and smacks of sterotyping. For example, what does a Wegmans have to do with the personal conduct of a local elected official. And, as for the comment about "its where you live when you can't afford to live anywhere else" check yourself your sheet and ignorance are showing. There are plenty of great neighborhoods and people who have chosen to live in the county. Why is it the actions of a single individual some how stains an entire community in some people's eyes.

Posted by: epboyd | November 30, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Poor Marilynn. If not for affirmative action she would have been a cleaning lady at your neighborhood motel.

Posted by: rpcv84 | November 30, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

the comment about affirmation action can not go unchallenged. Do a little research before you make such an assertion. I'm no fan of the woman but here's are the facts
She holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and served in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps. It's her conduct that is adhorrent not her color. Blame the voters for electing her, but stop it with the affirmative action boogey man.

Posted by: epboyd | December 1, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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