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Numerous county officials argue that Mr. Hall is a worthy replacement with strong community ties, and that he has worked to make amends for his actions.

Ms. Guillory would not say whether the governor’s objections are because of Mr. Hall’s legal problems, but she made it clear that he wants another candidate.

Mr. Hall filed suit in Prince George’s Circuit Court requesting a restraining order to keep the central committee from withdrawing his appointment. The committee voted Tuesday not to act on the issue until after further proceedings in the case.

Ms. Guillory said the governor is also waiting to see how the case develops. He is also watching to see whether Ms. Alston files a lawsuit in an attempt to reclaim her seat.

J. Wyndal Gordon, an attorney for Ms. Alston, declined to comment on the matter Wednesday.

Mr. Farnsworth said the ongoing disputes could be a lose-lose situation for Mr. O'Malley and that he would be best served to leave them in the hands of lawyers.

However, he said the governor’s lack of official input is likely to shield him from any harm to his long-term reputation or his ability to work with Prince George’s Democrats.

“It’s an unpleasant moment for the governor, but he seems likely to walk away with minimal damage,” Mr. Farnsworth said. “He’s not the one with the legal troubles.”