Announces Transition Team Members|
By Phillip Caston
Capital News Service
Friday, Nov. 15, 2002
ANNAPOLIS - Gov-elect Bob Ehrlich announced
Friday the leaders of the team charged with making his transfer into the
State House a smooth one.
Ehrlich, a Republican, presented his bipartisan Executive Council to the
Transition Team, which will lead 50 to 70 individuals over the next two
No Cabinet leaders will be named yet, Ehrlich said, and any rumored
appointments are just speculation.
"People have been on the outs, and they want to get in," Ehrlich said.
The governor-elect had been vacationing with his family in Ocean City,
but cut it short for a congressional vote on homeland security and for the
announcement of the council members.
Ehrlich also discussed the looming $1.7 billion budget deficit,
announcing that he would meet with Gov. Parris N. Glendening next week in
Austin, Texas, at the National Governor's Convention to discuss the future
of Maryland's economic status.
"What we expected would be reality is reality," Ehrlich said.
"I hope (Ehrlich) won't be trapped and kidded by (Glendening)," said
Comptroller William D. Schaefer, a Democrat who attended the news conference
and who has a contentious relationship with fellow Democrat Glendening. "The
governor has abdicated responsibility for the budget deficit."
Ehrlich has a tough task ahead of him concerning the budget, Schaefer
said, and the deficit will continue to grow.
"It's not just about numbers, it's direction, it's priorities," Ehrlich
The Glendening administration has been cooperative with the Ehrlich team,
the governor-elect said.
Ehrlich understands the challenges in working with the
Democratic-majority General Assembly to correct the budget problem.
"I'm respectful of the prerogative of the legislative branch," Ehrlich
said. "Hopefully we will work in a cooperative way and not an antagonistic
Many people have already inquired about getting involved with the future
governor's administration, said Lt. Gov.-elect Michael Steele, and the
council is evidence of that trend.
Ehrlich selected the council members set to lead the transition team from
a variety of backgrounds:
- Jennie Hunter Cevera, Ph.D, president, University of Maryland
- Jervis Finney, partner, Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver law firm.
- Melvin "Mickey" Steinberg, former state Senate president and lieutenant governor
- Marty Madden, former state senator and business owner.
- Gary Murray, adviser to Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry.
- Susan Schwab, dean of the School of Public Affairs, University of
Both Steinberg and Murray are registered Democrats.
Jim Brady, former secretary of business and economic development under
Glendening, will lead the team under the supervision of Lt. Gov-elect
Michael Steele, the Ehrlich campaign said.
"I have a bias for getting stuff done," Brady said. "I'm not for marching
"People are excited about working for this administration across party
lines," Steele said. "That's a testament to the leadership of our governor-elect."
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