Md. Senate Committee Rejects Hogan’s Nominee to Lead State Planning Department

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Members of a Maryland Senate committee evidently do not feel Gov. Larry Hogan’s acting planning secretary is fit for a permanent position as head of the state’s Department of Planning.

Last night, the state Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted 11-6 against approving the nomination of Wendi Peters. According to Ovetta Wiggins of The Washington Post, legislators had doubted whether Peters was qualified for the job and questioned her weeks ago about her experience.

Hogan was obviously not pleased, but decided to withdraw her nomination. His spokeswoman, Amelia Chasse, said he “is incredibly disappointed and ashamed” at the committee and specifically at Senate President Mike Miller, a member of the committee.

“Wendi Peters is eminently qualified for this position. Unfortunately, she received an extremely unfair hearing full of innuendo and baseless accusations that were an insult to her decades of service to her community and the state, all for the sake of partisan politics,” Chasse said in an emailed statement.

Peters’ state bio indicates she was a paralegal at Baltimore-based law firm Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver for nearly 30 years, as well as a two-term member of the Mt. Airy Town Council and a member of the town’s planning commission before she began working in Hogan’s administration.

Hogan made her his deputy secretary of planning from March 2015 to July 2016, after which she was elevated to acting planning secretary.

Despite the senate committee’s vote against Peters, Chasse said she “has the governor’s full support and confidence.”

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