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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
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Topic - Walter Green
A lawyer urged a Prince George's County judge on Tuesday to order Gov. Martin O'Malley to appoint a businessman to a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates, but an attorney for the governor said it was up to Mr. O'Malley to make the final call on the appointment — not the county's Democratic central committee.
The Prince George's County man chosen to replace former Maryland Delegate Tiffany Alston is still in line to take her place after state officials on Tuesday ruled her seat to be vacant and a county committee declined to act on the governor's request to withdraw his appointment.
Walter Green, Mr. Hall's attorney, said Mr. O'Malley was obligated by law to appoint Mr. Hall to the seat in the state's 24th Legislative District within 15 days of receiving the nomination from the committee.
"He has no say," Mr. Green said. "He has no discretion whatsoever."