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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Pr. Geo.'s picks new council chair

By Miranda S. Spivack


Prince George's County Council voted unanimously Tuesday for Ingrid Turner to be its new chairman. Turner, a lawyer who is beginning her second term on the council, represents a northern district, beat back a challenge from Andrea Harrison in a deal that was cut behind closed doors.

Council member Eric Olson (D-College Park) was elected vice chairman on a 8-0-1 vote. Council member Leslie Johnson (D) abstained on the vote for Olson. He is one of five council members who had said she should not take her council seat because of pending federal corruption charges against her and her husband, former county executive Jack B. Johnson (D).

Leslie Johnson was not given any committee leadership position, but it's not yet clear if her fellow council members will agree to allow her to serve as a member of one of the council's four standing committees. Council member Will Campos (D-Hyattsville) who brokered the deal that led to the elections of Turner and Olson, said he opposed having Johnson serve on any committees.

"In my personal opinion, I would be looking for that," Campos said.

In an interview following inaugural ceremonies on Monday, Leslie Johnson said she was lawfully elected to serve her district's constituents. "The voters have spoken," said Johnson, who was elected 10 days before she and her husband were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and destruction of evidence.

Johnson and her husband were arrested Nov. 12 after federal officials said they overheard the couple on a wiretap allegedly plotting to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down a toilet and stuff $79,6000 in cash her bra while two FBI agents waited outside the couple's Mitchellville home.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | December 7, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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There is rampant corruption, unethical behavior, greed, arrogance, ignorance, stupidity, criminal behavior and just plain idiocy going on throughout P.G. County government--yes, P.G., P.G., P.G.--and there has been corruption in P.G. County government since at least the 1960s--that's a fact. One of the main problems in P.G. County is the policians' arrogant, moronic attitudes toward crime and unethical behavior--many of them don't care about the law, disregard the law, and break the law, regularly. They are ignorant about the basics of government and politics, the law, and civics. They parade arround arrogantly with some misguided, twisted and idiotic sense of wayward entitlement--and they break the law. This culture of corruption has been going on for decades in P.G. County, and guess what? It's there right now--in the county government, in several municipal governments, in several county government agencies, on the black market, with the mob, and in the police department. And the same corruption, by the way, exists in Frederick County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, throughout all levels of the D.C. city government, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, and Alexandria--and that is not a joke. But it is worse in P.G. County because of the arrogance, the ignorance and the twisted sense of entitlement. It's there right now, and it's not going to get any better anytime soon. Look for more arrests in Upper Marlboro, in business offices, in county government, and in the police department.

Posted by: thefrontpage | December 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

There is rampant corruption, unethical behavior, greed, arrogance, ignorance, stupidity, criminal behavior and just plain idiocy going on throughout P.G. County government--yes, P.G., P.G., P.G.--and there has been corruption in P.G. County government since at least the 1960s--that's a fact. One of the main problems in P.G. County is the policians' arrogant, moronic attitudes toward crime and unethical behavior--many of them don't care about the law, disregard the law, and break the law, regularly. They are ignorant about the basics of government and politics, the law, and civics. They parade arround arrogantly with some misguided, twisted and idiotic sense of wayward entitlement--and they break the law. This culture of corruption has been going on for decades in P.G. County, and guess what? It's there right now--in the county government, in several municipal governments, in several county government agencies, on the black market, with the mob, and in the police department. And the same corruption, by the way, exists in Frederick County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, throughout all levels of the D.C. city government, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, and Alexandria--and that is not a joke. But it is worse in P.G. County because of the arrogance, the ignorance and the twisted sense of entitlement. It's there right now, and it's not going to get any better anytime soon. Look for more arrests in Upper Marlboro, in business offices, in county government, and in the police department.

Posted by: thefrontpage | December 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Harrison not Andrea Turner, right?

Posted by: dsavery1 | December 7, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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