- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2012

The Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee on Friday chose Gregory A. Hall, a businessman and 2010 delegate hopeful, as the replacement for Maryland Delegate Tiffany Alston.

Ms. Alston, Prince George’s Democrat, has been suspended from her office since last month, when she was sentenced for two sets of charges. In June, she was convicted of using state funds to pay an employee at her law firm. Last month, she pleaded guilty to charges she used campaign funds to pay for her wedding.

The committee’s announcement came less than a day after a state attorney’s general opinion was issued stating that Ms. Alston had been permanently removed from office and cannot be reinstated.

Ms. Alston had said she hoped to return to office, but Dan Friedman — who works for the attorney general’s office as counsel to the assembly — wrote in an opinion Thursday that she gave up the possibility of reinstatement when she agreed to the plea deal.

Mr. Hall ran for a delegate position for District 24 in 2010.

He can officially take over Ms. Alston’s position once Gov. Martin O’Malley appoints him to the office.

Ms. Alston is eligible to run for office in 2014 because her misdemeanor conviction does not make her ineligible to vote.

J. Wyndal Gordon, an attorney for Ms. Alston, declined to comment Friday.