Governor O'Malley has appointed Delegate Steve Hershey, over his House colleague Mike Smigiel, to fulfill the remainder of EJ Pipkin's term in the state senate. Pipkin resigned his District 36 senate seat last month.
In a statement, O'Malley chided the four Republican Central Committees in the district for submitting more than one name, and stated that he chose Hershey because he had the broader base of support in the district.
I respect both Delegate Smigiel and Delegate Hershey. Filling a Republican vacancy is a matter that should have been resolved by the Republican Central Central Committees of the District. Rather than resolving their differences, the Republican Central Committee has forwarded two names to my desk. In discharging my Constitutional duty of selecting just one of these candidates, I am guided not by which candidate I would prefer, but rather by which candidate has demonstrated the broadest electoral support in the district. In both the Central Committee balloting and the last general election, Del. Hershey has demonstrated a broader base of support, and therefore, I have decided to appoint Delegate Hershey to fill this Senate vacancy.
All four county Republican Central Committees select Hershey's replacement.