Mr. Hall may well be fully reformed, as he and his supporters insist. He might even make an excellent delegate. But must Ms. Alston, who took $800 from the General Assembly to pay for expenses in her private law office (as well as stealing from friends and campaign supporters), be replaced by a former drug dealer? Surely, there's at least a problem in appearances, as Mr. O'Malley — who is doubtless keenly aware of how all this might look in an attack ad if he runs for higher office — was the first to notice. Thanks to Judge Nichols, the committee now has an opportunity to withdraw the nomination and come up with another, or the governor may simply choose someone else.