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O'Malley selects Jenkins. NAACP (kind of) annoyed.

Over the (initial) objections of the Frederick County NAACP, Gov. Martin O'Malley Wednesday selected Frederick County Republican Charles Jenkins to fill the House seat vacated when Del. Richard B. Weldon Jr. left work for the city of Frederick.

Jenkins was sworn in this morning and said he was "humbled" and "honored" by the appointment. He was also a little overwhelmed.

"The day has been a whirlwind," he said. He said he was informed of O'Malley's decision at 7 a.m. and immediately submitted a letter of resignation from his slot on the Frederick County Commission.

The local branch of the NAACP has battled Jenkins over issues including his effort to declare English the county's official language and his desire to count all of the illegal immigrants enrolled in the county school system.

"We've been fighting for some time," said Guy Djoken, the President of the Frederick NAACP. "Hispanic people feel like they are second class citizens as result of some of the policies that Jenkins has put forward." Djoken expressed his concerns in a letter to O'Malley – but a chat with the governor caused him to change his mind.

"After talking to the governor's office we realized that the other person had the same views so the opposition is moot," Djoken. That other person? Mike Hough, a legislative aide to ultra conservative Maryland State Sen. Alex X. Mooney.

O'Malley said when presented with the two candidates he picked the only one who had held a local elected office.

The governor got to pick from two choices because the legislative district being filled encompasses both the Frederick and Washington counties -- and the respective republican central committees couldn't agree on a candidate to put forward.

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