From black book to governor's mansion?

The Baltimore Sun

Once upon a time, the New York Times, of all publications, declared Blaine R. Young's political career over.

It was more than a decade ago, Frederick washing its hands over and over after an escort service scandal and the young alderman's name had been one of those discovered in the madam's black book.

Wouldn't that prognosticator be surprised to hear that less than a decade later not only is Young back in politics, he's pondering a run to be Maryland's next governor.

It was back in 2001 when Young's name was one of those uncovered in the so-called black book of Madam Angelika Potter's Corporate Affair escort service, a sex scandal that provided Frederick and the rest of the state with salacious gossip for much of the early 2000s.

At the time, Young, the son of a former mayor, had said it wasn't sex he was after -- he'd only hired the women to dance at parties.

No matter. He didn't see re-election and many -- lofty national papers included -- thought that was the last they'd seen of Young, politically anyway.

But America is a forgiving place. And while it took a few years, Young bounced back.

Thursday he made it clear he's set his sights on Annapolis, in a column in The Tentacle, a Frederick politics web site.

"Many probably know that I am considering a run for governor of Maryland as a Republican," wrote Young, now president of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. "My message will be very simple: One Vote Stops It All. One vote from Gov. Blaine R. Young will block any and all future tax and fee increases in the State of Maryland. And I promise I will use that one vote to veto."

It was also in The Tentacle, in 2004, that Young first hinted of his post-scandal political comeback in a column titled, "Now What?'

"[T]o answer a couple of questions that has been asked of me over the past three years: I was not married at the time; I did offer my resignation to then Mayor Jim Grimes and he would not accept it; I have apologized to the public for the unfortunate bad press that this has brought our town," he wrote, adding, "I may run for public office again one day."

Young, who's married with four kids now, owns a mobile advertising company and co-owns a Yellow Cab service, a limo service and a car wash. He's also been a long-time show host on WFMD, AM 930.

"If I do decide to throw my hat in the ring, I will do the same thing I did in 2010 when I ran for Frederick county commissioner," he wrote in Thursday's column. "I will tell you what I am going to do if I am elected and I will keep my word. I will treat the taxpayer with respect and stop treating Maryland taxpayers like walking ATM machines."

If Young does run for governor in 2014, some of his possible Democrat opponents include
State Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Other Republicans whose names have been mentioned include Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold -- at least before he was indicted earlier this month, accused of having officers on his executive protection detail arrange sexual rendezvous for him and other misdeads.


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