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Political Notes: Moore pulls again Hogan recess appointees, Lierman’s authorities affairs workforce, advocacy and lobbying agency information


Outgoing Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and incoming Gov. Wes Moore (D) spoke to reporters at a State Home information convention shortly after Moore’s election in 2022. Picture by Danielle E. Gaines.

Gov. Wes Moore (D) has withdrawn 48 of former Gov. Larry Hogan’s 316 recess appointments submitted final July to the Senate for approval, together with Maryland Stadium Authority Chair Thomas E. Kelso.

Kelso, Hogan’s former marketing campaign chair, was one of many Republican former governor’s first appointments after taking workplace in 2015 and has overseen the company because it expanded its attain during the last 8 years.

“The Administration thanks Tom Kelso for his eight years of service because the chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority,” an announcement from Moore’s press workplace learn. “Below his management, the MSA carried out necessary tasks that positively impacted communities statewide.

“The Administration appears to be like ahead to working with him till a brand new chair is introduced within the close to future,” the assertion continued.

It was unclear why Moore singled out 48 nominees from the 316 recess appointments Hogan introduced final July 12, although the press workplace supplied this rationalization in its assertion:

“It is customary for an incoming administration to evaluation recess appointments. We reviewed every … that Gov. Hogan submitted and withdrew 48, greater than twice the usual 20 or so throughout a transition in administration.”

Officers referred to as the withdrawals “the primary of an ongoing effort to increase illustration and for extra Marylanders to have the chance to serve.”

In a Jan. 23 letter Moore knowledgeable Senate President Invoice Ferguson (D-Baltimore Metropolis) that he would submit the names of his nominees to interchange Hogan’s appointments subsequent month. The names are submitted to the Senate for its recommendation and consent.

The Senate Govt Nominations Committee, which makes suggestions on the governor’s appointments, meets for the primary time this session on Monday, when it’s scheduled to take up 15 of Hogan’s recess appointments to the District Courtroom statewide.

Moore additionally withdrew the names of eight members—together with each co-chairs—of the Maryland Financial Growth Fee, a panel that advises the state Division of Commerce on financial growth coverage. Hogan had reconstituted the board after taking workplace in 2015.

He additionally pulled again the names of two Hogan appointees to the College of Maryland Board of Regents, two members of the Public Service Fee, two members of the State Racing Fee and one member of the State Board of Training.

The brand new governor withdrew the title of Howard County Councilman David G. Yungmann (R), from his spot on the board of the Maryland Financial Growth Corp., an company that may subject bonds for the acquisition and growth of properties. MEDCo Board member J. Michael Cottingham’s title was additionally withdrawn.

“The administration wish to thank these people for his or her willingness to serve,” the press workplace assertion learn.

Lierman seeks motion on federal debt ceiling

Maryland Comptroller Brooke Lierman (D) joined 12 different prosecutors throughout the nation in urging US Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to stay as much as his constitutional duties by voting to extend the federal debt restrict.

In a letter Wednesday to the speaker, Lierman and the others — 11 state treasurers and the comptroller of New York Metropolis, all Democrats — expressed “grave concern” about inaction by the Home of Representatives on the debt ceiling, warning that failing to behave would lead to “catastrophic penalties” for the USA if it have been to default on the nationwide debt. The letter lists a litany of dire issues that will be brought on by a first-ever default.

“We urge you to honor your obligation as outlined within the Structure and act instantly to make sure the validity of the general public debt and thus our nationwide safety and prosperity,” the letter reads.

The US hit its debt restrict earlier this month, prompting US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to warn Congress on Thursday that her company would resort to “extraordinary measures” to remain beneath the cap — till the Home acts. McCarthy and the Home Republicans are trying to make use of the debt restrict—a perennial struggle—as leverage to pressure price range cuts.

Along with Lierman and New York Metropolis’s comptroller, the letter to McCarthy was signed by the treasurers of Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Colorado, Connecticut and Washington state.

Lierman’s emissaries

Talking of Lierman, the brand new comptroller introduced Wednesday that she’s including three new staffers to her authorities relations workforce, a part of her marketing campaign pledge to work intently with elected officers on the federal, state and native ranges.

Lierman had beforehand named Joe Francaviglia, a seasoned operative and her former marketing campaign supervisor, as director of Authorities Affairs. Becoming a member of him shall be:

  • Justin Hayes will function director of State Affairs, and can lead the day-to-day administration of state legislative initiatives for the company. He held the same place underneath Lierman’s predecessor, former Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), and has labored in three totally different divisions throughout his six years with the company. Hayes has additionally labored for former US Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and former US Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.).
  • Eve Shuman will function the director of Intergovernmental Affairs, targeted on participating with the federal authorities and native officers. She labored most just lately as Prince George’s County director for US Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Prince George’s County Council final yr.
  • Caroline Bauk will tackle the function of presidency affairs affiliate, working in a wide range of capacities for the federal government affairs workforce. She labored most just lately for former Home Majority Chief Eric Luedtke (D), who left the legislature to turn into Gov. Wes Moore’s chief legislative officer.

“In just some quick days of formally being on the job, it’s clear there are such a lot of alternatives the place the Comptroller’s workplace can play a number one function in making the lives of Marylanders higher,” Lierman stated.

A name to the Firehouse

Scarlet Oak Methods, an Annapolis-based public affairs and communications agency launched 6 1/2 years in the past by Democratic strategist Raymond Glendening, was acquired this week by Firehouse Methods, a Washington, DC, public affairs and communications agency with workplaces in New York and Florida .

The merger is, in essence, a wedding of a Democratic agency and a Republican store. Firehouse was began by veterans of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 White Home marketing campaign.

Scarlet Oak Methods will stay an working firm and keep its branding, management workforce, purchasers, and concentrate on advocacy exterior of DC round federal, state, and native points. Glendening will turn into a companion at Firehouse Methods, whereas Brian Doory, who has been a managing director at Scarlet Oak, will take the identical title at Firehouse.

“I view this as a chance to align with a agency that has a robust cultural connection,” Glendening wrote in an e-mail to his agency’s purchasers.

Because the Annapolis lobbying world turns

You will nonetheless see her this Common Meeting session within the halls of legislative buildings, however lobbyist Moira Cyphers has left the Annapolis agency Compass Authorities Relations Companions LLC, the place she was a companion, for a task with the American Clear Energy Affiliation, the place she ‘ll be director of Japanese State Affairs. ACP is the most important clear vitality commerce affiliation within the nation, previously generally known as the American Wind Power Affiliation.

Cyphers was an Annapolis lobbyist for eight years—for the agency Alexander & Cleaver earlier than serving to launch Compass—and beforehand served as a Common Meeting staffer. She additionally labored on the 2014 gubernatorial marketing campaign of then-Del. Heather Mizeur (D).

Talking of acquainted faces within the lobbying corps with a brand new title, Andrew Griffin, who had been vice chairman for Authorities Affairs on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce has been promoted to senior Vice President for Authorities Affairs. He has been working on the enterprise group since 2019.

“Andrew has offered strategic, astute legislative assist to the Maryland enterprise neighborhood all through his time on the Chamber,” stated Mary Kane, the chamber’s president and CEO. “His management has performed a important function in shaping police that make our state stronger and extra aggressive for enterprise progress.”

Previous to working on the Chamber, Griffin was director of advocacy for the College of Maryland and labored for the Hogan administration earlier than that.

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