The tension spilled over with a Bible verse.
“Whoever walks in integrity . . .” started Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee member Derrick Richardson, reading from Proverbs as part of a filibuster meant to derail a vote on two issues that have divided the body.
The raucous meeting that ensued late Tuesday revealed more internal turmoil in a political committee struggling to preserve its independence amid pressure from party leaders to rally behind such causes as extending term limits and endorsing school board candidates. Some on the committee do not support these initiatives, and some think the committee should not take a position.
The fissures come at a critical time for Maryland Democrats. Party committees across the state are supposed to be mobilizing to help elect Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to the governorship. And the Prince George’s committee is supposed to help instruct the county’s more than 427,000 registered Democrats on how they should vote.
The contention surrounds ballot question “J,” which will ask county voters in November to loosen a two-decade-old limit on terms in elective office. It would permit the county executive and County Council to serve three instead of two terms in office.
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