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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 12/ 3/2009

Political games in Montgomery

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Joan Hurley
Bethesda

The Montgomery County Council coup was successful on Tuesday. Let’s see now, what is really important to the people of Montgomery County? The rapidly increasing budget deficit? Overseeing smart growth? That’s what’s important to me.

But instead of paying attention to the business of the county, the group of five who opposed elevating Vice President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) to president touched off an internecine feud, kind of like the Hatfields and the McCoys. Instead of the council following the orderly procedure that was put in place to avoid such feuds, we have a new president and vice president who usurped power for their own aggrandizement.

I am pleased with the work Mr. Berliner has done on the County Council. He provides superb leadership on issues of concern to me. How sad this episode has been for the county. I hope that the actions of those who voted against an orderly transition and their lack of attention to the business of the county will have appropriate consequences next year.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | December 3, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
 
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Comments

The bullying tactics of a few members on a council of representatives does not benefit the residents of the county. If one takes a look at the development of this power-play, the gang of five were put in place by a coalition of two groups of political players -- public employee unions and the development industry.

The public can change this, if they care to, at the next election. Pay no attention to the Apple Ballot.

Posted by: goodgovernment | December 4, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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