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July 07, 2015

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Harry Schwarz

Thanks for explaining this, Bill. Politicians and others who are passionate about an issue often choose the pragmatic path of least resistance - in this case, the instruction to just vote on the resolution because it's Executive prerogative to appoint whoever he wants. An actual discussion of the reasons for the appointment is far more dangerous, but nurtures the body politic. The Council should take the motion from the table, and Kittleman should explain why he's replacing someone on a Board who wishes to continue to serve.

Terp Fan

They reappointed Ecker's nominations because they rejected all those until they got the ones they wanted. How on earth do people write these posts and then gloss over this very salient point? A perfect example is the very County Executive himself! He was nominated to the Ethics Commission and then rejected by the Council 3-2 simply because they didn't like his party:

"rejected Ecker's nomination of Republican Central Committee member Allan Kittleman to the Public Ethics Commission."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1992/07/30/county-panel-nominations-spark-controversy/2955e632-647d-460e-ae02-420d0adc8ad8/

Reap what he sows? More like, they're angry they created him. And, if we go back to Ecker's appointments, you will see it wasn't just Kittleman. So enough with this nonsense of a tradition of reappointing. It's a tradition created after one party got what they wanted to keep what they wanted going and that's not a tradition, that's a cabal.

Torero

And yet people like Ox here still can't figure out the difference between Re-a-point-ments and Con-fir-ma-tions.

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