Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) added 6 diverse new members to his growing transition team Monday, including 2 well-known names in state politics. Former state school superintendent Nancy Grasmick served two decades in that role - so long that the Maryland Education Department's headquarters is named after her. She clashed with outgoing Governor Martin O'Malley over failing Baltimore schools when the latter was mayor of Charm City.

Another name very familiar to Montgomery County residents is that of Blair Lee IV, a Silver Spring developer and Gazette columnist whose family has a tremendous legacy in Maryland politics.

The others appointed are former State Senate Minority Leader Marty Madden (R); State Senator Joe Getty (R); economist Anirban Basu; and retired Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Alexander Williams Jr.

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. Basu was named one of Maryland's 50 Most Influential People by The Daily Record, and is often quoted in local newspapers. He has written economic development plans for Baltimore and Baltimore County, and lectures at Johns Hopkins University. Basu will serve as economic development and economic policy advisor to Hogan during the transition.

Judge Williams was President Bill Clinton's first African-American nominee to the federal bench. He was appointed to the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 1994. A graduate of the Howard University School of Law, Williams also served as State's Attorney for Prince George's County from 1987 to 1994.

It's notable that Senator Getty represents part of Baltimore County, a jurisdiction that played a key role in Hogan's upset victory of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the November 4 election. Getty will lead the legislative and policy transition team.

"I am pleased to have these well-respected, distinguished, and incredibly talented Marylanders serving on our transition team as we work to take Maryland in a new direction," Hogan said at a press conference in Annapolis Monday afternoon.


Anonymous said...

Wow. More straight political news. No commentary or opinion. Nice job Dyer. We might make you a real journalist yet!

Anonymous said...

Blair Lee is a hilarious human being. His right wing rantings are even more inane than Dyer's.

Robert Dyer said...

Blair Lee is a Democrat.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what Blair's political affiliation is (I sincerely doubt he's a registered democrat, though considering his family's history it's not impossible), but there's no doubt he's a conservative right winger. Every word that comes out of his mouth makes that abundantly clear.

Robert Dyer said...

Blair Lee himself has written that he is a registered Democrat. He certainly didn't get behind any of the Republican candidates in Montgomery County.

Anonymous said...

I believe you that he's a registered Democrat, but if you've ever read any of his writings you know he's most certainly a conservative. Even more so than Hogan (whom he supported) on a whole host of issues.

Anonymous said...

Do you have links to any of these writings you can offer? Thanks.