Appealing appeals post for Doory
Gov. Martin O’Malley has handed a plum appointment to a veteran House Democrat, opening up a delegate spot in Baltimore’s 43rd District.
O’Malley named Del. Ann Marie Doory to the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, a body that hears challenges to state procurement decisions. Doory, a 24-year House veteran and a respected member of Speaker Michael E. Busch’s leadership team, most recently served as vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and was previously second banana on the Judiciary and the Economic Matters committees. She is also a lawyer, a qualification for the quasi-judicial post that some previous members have lacked.
Doory, 56, is one of a relative handful of white delegates to represent a district with an African-American majority. She has held her seat through several election cycles with a mix of attentive constituent service and savvy coalition-building but ran third of three delegates selected in the 2006 Democratic primary in a district in which the general election is an afterthought.
The contract appeals board is a traditional reward to current and former members of the General Assembly for faithful service or political support. It’s a five-year appointment that allows a longtime legislator who for years has drawn a part-time paycheck from the state to receive a full-time $100,000-plus salary and a fatter pension upon retirement.
Gov. Parris N. Glendening awarded a spot on the board to retiring Baltimore County Sen. Michael Collins, a Democrat, as both were leaving elective office in 2002. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. named former Del. Michael Burns, an Anne Arundel County Republican, to hear contract appeals after he took office in 2003 and later made him chairman of the three-person panel.
Doory replaces Burns, who once described members of the panel as “pseudo-judges.” Also serving on the board is former Montgomery County Del. Dana Dembrow, a Democrat who lost his seat in the 2002 primary and threw his support behind Ehrlich in that year’s election. Dembrow was named to succeed Del. John S. Arnick, whom Ehrlich appointed to the board in early 2006 just months before the Baltimore County Democrat died.
-- Michael Dresser