Dels. Susan McComas and Rick Impallaria were removed last night as chair and vice chair of the Harford County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly in a controversial vote which both are challenging today.
Dels. J.B. Jennings and Wayne Norman were installed in the place of McComas and Impallaria, who had just recently being reelected to their leadership positions.
McComas and Impallaria were set to meet with the Speaker of the House Tuesday afternoon to discuss the validity of the delegation meeting and vote, which ousted them from the chair and vice chair positions.
The delegation does not have bylaws and evidently Roberts Rules of Order are generally used by delegations. Roberts Rules requires advance notice including the purpose of the special meeting. Beyond that, a two-thirds vote may have been required to rescind the earlier election of McComas and Impallaria to the chair and vice chair posts.
Reaction from McComas: “I came to Annapolis to represent the people of my district and their concerns. We are in the toughest economic times since the Great Depression. This is a diversion from the big issues that are facing Harford County.”
Reaction from Impallaria: “This is not about me and Susan. This is about the rules.”
Reaction from Del. Pat McDonough: “This reminds me of when the Mayflower moving truck stole the Baltimore Colts late at night, because it was without warning and it was simply a stab in the back.”
McDonough went on to say he thought McComas was doing a good job, noting her fight for the elected school board and that opposition to McComas and Impallaria was based on “phony complaints and blind ambition.”
Here’s the press release from the Harford delegation this morning:
February 3, 2009
The Harford County Delegation called a special meeting on Monday night, immediately after session concluded. With quorum present, the delegation voted to elect Delegate J.B. Jennings as delegation chairman for 2009.
Delegate Wayne Norman was elected to serve as vice chair.
The new 2009 leadership pledged to work with all delegates in Annapolis to pass favorable legislation for Harford County.