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Committee bungles Harrison replacement
On Friday, Feb.15, the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee convened at the Oliver Community Center to select a candidate to assume the seat once held by Delegate Hattie Harrison, a longtime political stalwart in East Baltimore ("Community leader picked to replace delegate," Feb. 19). Ten candidates interviewed for the position, and three of the candidates were also members of the committee conducting the interviews. The oddity was that at no time did the chair or committee members think it was inappropriate for them to participate in deciding who should succeed Delegate Harrison. On several occasions, Chairman Scherod C. Barnes was questioned about obvious conflicts of interests to which he expressed having no qualms. For those with the temerity to question the process, they were told the Maryland Constitution allows such a vote and the candidates were all known to the district and have done good work followed by another two minutes of complete obfuscation.
February 20, 2013