The Frederick New-Post is reporting that Del. Rick Weldon has chosen to resign as head of the Frederick County delegation.
It's an important post, because in Maryland, county delegations hold broad authority over legislation affecting that jurisdiction, and, by convention, the full General Assembly defers to the wishes of a county delegation. The delegation head can help shape such matters as local liquor licenses and some tax rates.
Weldon is the Assembly's only independent, having left the Republican Party last fall. He has already announced he is not seeking re-election in 2010. Some Republicans were grumbling that Weldon needed to leave the delegation post after he changed his party affiliation. Weldon told the newspaper that he didn't think he could adequately fulfill his responsibilities as president and CEO of Frederick County's United Way.