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January 17, 2014

Blaine’s Going Nowhere

Roy Meachum

Front page on The Frederick News-Post are some rumors about County Commissioners’ President Blaine Young and some county employee. That’s not what I mean, at all, in this column’s headline. His decision to mold himself officially into a “tough boss” is what I’m talking about.


The News-Post front pages about the Monrovia Town Center are more to the point; he lives there. The problem is development. There’s a county plan, officially approved, to build 1510 residences; no small number, in a community that size. Though his home is there, pro-development might be characterized as his position.


“Pro-business,” county President Young has said frequently. His opponents say NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). Some 1500 homes are a helluva lot to build in anybody’s vicinity; the fact he has mortgage there is no excuse.


The fact he bought a Monrovia home gives Blaine no excuse to interfere officially, one way or another – there he was chairing the meeting Tuesday. He’s all about politics. His elder son J.R. is named for the former Frederick political “boss,” veterinarian Dr. James E. McClellan, and his father, the city’s long-time mayor Ron Young.


He first appeared in my life when he was a gangly teen; he was waiting on a Winchester Hall bench for the 1985 elections’ results. All of a sudden, there he was, a full-scale city alderman. That was the time of the Black Book scandal, which dragged in the younger Young. This was when Jim Grimes occupied City Hall’s top office and there were lots of protests around.


Blaine disappeared as a Democrat and reappeared as a Republican; I didn’t know what happened. At about the time, I was aware of all kinds of changes. Not at the state level but within Frederick County, Richard Nixon’s attempt at switching paid off in the west of Maryland, which made easier the running of the present president of the Board of County Commissioners.


Blaine Young’s history is replete with contradictions: the second charge of extramarital sexual relations, this time with him and female staff member. He continues to twist the tail of the public: this time within the community he’s chosen to buy a mortgage. Living on North Market Street, I have no fear of developers moving into my neighborhood.


Altogether I see no future in Frederick politics for the younger Young, the son of the former mayor. But I’ve enjoyed the ride.


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