Cur­rie re­scinds res­ig­na­tion from Mary­land State Sen­ate

P.G. Demo­crat cites fight over who would suc­ceed him

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Erin Cox ecox@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Eri­natTheSun

State Sen. Ulysses Cur­rie has taken back his res­ig­na­tion from the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly, less than four weeks after he said he lacked the strength to con­tinue in of­fice.

The Prince Ge­orge’s County Demo­crat cited a “to­tal loss of ci­vil­ity” in the con­test to suc­ceed him.

“Since my an­nounce­ment, it has been noth­ing but petty po­lit­i­cal jock­ey­ing and deal-mak­ing,” Cur­rie, 79, wrote in a let­ter Tues­day to Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller. “This has cre­ated a level of di­vi­sive­ness and dis­cord I have rarely seen … and which I can­not al­low to con­tinue.”

Cur­rie an­nounced Nov. 4 he planned to end his leg­isla­tive ca­reer to­day.

He wrote Tues­day that he now wants to fin­ish his term, which runs through 2018.

The for­mer teacher and prin­ci­pal has held his Sen­ate seat since 1995. He served in the House of Del­e­gates from 1987 to 1995.

Cur­rie wrote that he had wanted his wife, the Rev. Shirley Gravely-Cur­rie, to take his seat as a care­taker un­til the 2018 elec­tion. He said “no other per­son came for­ward with­out the in­ten­tion of us­ing the ap­point­ment to gain an elec­tion ad­van­tage over oth­ers.”

“Most im­por­tantly to me, to have a to­tal loss of the ci­vil­ity in pol­i­tics that I have worked my whole ca­reer to en­gen­der be lost in a bat­tle over my re­tire­ment, is some­thing that I can­not abide.”

In 2010, Cur­rie was in­dicted on fed­eral cor­rup­tion charges. Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Cur­rie used his elected of­fice to help Shop­pers Food Ware­house, for which he was a paid con­sul­tant.

He was ac­quit­ted of bribery, ex­tor­tion and con­spir­acy charges in 2011. Cur­rie

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