Holy Cr*p…here is news I did not expect this election cycle…but am super excited by…Maryland State Senator Kasemeyer is said he plans to retire. Here is the article from the Washington Post:
Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chair Edward J. Kasemeyer will retire after his term expires, creating a vacancy next year at the head of one of the state’s most powerful legislative committees.
Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County), 72, announced his decision to members of the panel Thursday, according to lawmakers who were present.
The legislators said he told them the move was not health-related. Kasemeyer’s term ends Jan. 9.
Sen. Andrew A. Serafini (R-Washington), a member of the committee, said that “it’s a rare person in this business who has as much respect as Ed Kasemeyer” and that the budget chair’s departure will be a “loss to the citizens of Maryland.”
Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) described Kasemeyer as “steadfast and thoughtful” in his approach to the panel’s work.
“He has led the committee with an even hand and a strong focus on equity and fairness,” he said. “I will miss his leadership in the future and would be humbled to, at some point, have a career as distinguished as his.”
You can read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/md-senate-budget-chair-kasemeyer-to-retire/2018/02/08/1754bc2c-0d1e-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html?utm_term=.986646bf070d
Is it wrong to do a little happy dance over this news? While I respect Senator Kasemeyer…maybe we can now get HB1299 fixed. No, let me say that the right way…We will (or at least should) get HB1299 fixed. And if doesn’t get corrected…we should bounce out of office those that opposed fixing it.
So who runs in that seat in D12?
The rumor mill has said the Delegate Lam has been eyeing that seat. Will he bail on his current seat and make the move to run for State Senate? I will be watching daily to see.
If nothing else…this mixes up District 12…which now becomes an exciting race to watch.
The other question is…will a serious GOP candidate hop in D12? We have Russell running for Delegate (with no money) and that is it. With 18 days remaining…time will tell.