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January 16, 2015

Blaine Young’s Resignation

Roy Meachum

“I have determined that it is best for all concerned, including mostly importantly my fellow Planning Commission members, that I resign my seat on the Planning Commission.”


That took care of the concerns; it writes off Blaine Young’s political career for now. He’s young – on more than his name. Certainly he will return to the hustings. And good-looking. And charming. He knows his way around voting. I take it he responded to his fellow commissioners.


Somewhat like James E. “Doc” McClellan. Blaine named his older boy “James” after the former veterinarian and powerful delegate from Frederick. Blaine skipped into the GOP, after running the first time for a spot on the city’s Board of Aldermen as a Democrat – like his father, the long-time mayor, now state Sen. Ron Young.


Blaine was forced to resign from the county’s Planning Commission.


Four members of the late Board of County Commissioners anointed Blaine for the Planning Commission just before their term ended in late November; David Gray did not. The surprise lay in lawyer/Commissioner Paul Smith who he joined the majority. The fuzzy Frederick News-Post coverage led to this conclusion.


As I said early in the column, Blaine was vulnerable – politically – had he joined the Planning Commission. Wash the hands bureaucratically and see what comes? Had he schemed to get on the commission? Never mind. He’s done with it now, the whole project. I wrote a column suggesting he resign.


Now we can meet: He was defeated by Jan Gardner for county executive. That’s it. Things bothered me about his campaign. Still the devil you know…


Mrs. Gardner gave off tremulous signals as the president of the county commissioners (on the board just prior to the Young board – cried as Lenny Thompson could conjure up Gardner’s tears at his every word as a member of an earlier board on which she served. I don’t remember exactly how – or what – Mr. Thompson did it.


Blaine Young has done the right things, including the resignation from the Planning Commission.


That’s all.


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