By Ryan Miner
First reported on A Miner Detail last Saturday and confirmed today by Herald-Mail Media, the Maryland Senate Executive Nominations Committee will decide this Monday evening whether or not Vincent G “Woody” Spong remains a Washington County commissioner.
According to the Senate Executive Nominations Committee website,
The Executive Nominations Committee formed in January 1845.
For all appointments made by the Governor which require Senate advice and consent, the Committee reviews and interviews gubernatorial appointees. The Committee then reports its recommendations on those nominations to the Senate (Const., Art. II, secs. 10-15; Code State Government Article, secs. 2-1103 through 2-1105).
Sources in Annapolis claim that Spong is unlikely to receive a positive recommendation from the committee, largely as a result of the controversy surrounding his actions subsequent his appointment, including his admitted inappropriate comments made to Donna Brightman and the racist meme he shared earlier this month on his personal Facebook page.
Herald-Mail reporter CJ Lovelace wrote,
“Spong’s name is among a dozen appointees who appear on the Feb. 1 agenda of the Maryland Senate Executive Nominations Committee, which is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. in Annapolis.
A telephone message left for Spong was not immediately returned Wednesday”
According to Lovelace, Spong was absent yesterday from a county commissioner meeting. During the same meeting, Baker reportedly claimed that Spong was unable to attend said meeting because he was “snowed in in the mountains.”
It begs the question as to why Spong would leave town before his weekly Tuesday commissioner meeting, knowing full well that a winter storm was expected to hit last Friday or Saturday.
Once the committee offers its recommendation on Spong’s appointment, I’ll provide further coverage.
Regardless of Spong’s Monday evening senate committee hearing, Fountain Head Country Club will be abuzz on Tuesday morning for the annual State of the County address.