Wilson miffed after Patterson selected as county chairwoman
Delegate CT Wilson says the county delegation doesn’t communicate
Del. Edith Patterson (D-28) has been selected as chairwoman for the new Charles County delegation, but not everyone is happy about it.
After Patterson was recommended by other members of the delegation, Charles County Del. C.T. Wilson (D-28) said he never had an opportunity to discuss who should be chair and was not considered by either Del. Sally Jameson (D-28) or Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton (D-28).
Wilson said he has nothing against Patterson and thinks she may do a fine job as the selected chairwoman taking over for Jameson, but he said he would have liked to have been in on the discussion and would have liked to have a shot at being chairman.
Jameson said the Charles County delegation did not think Wilson would be able to handle being the chairman of the delegation because of his full-time work as an attorney, but Wilson said “that is for me to decide.”
“It’s hard not to take it personally,” Wilson said. “There are a lot of things that go on in Annapolis that I let go. But I’ve got members of my delegation fighting to keep me off of the economic matters committee.”
Wilson said he is a “team player when it comes to team Charles County,” but said he refuses to adhere to political agendas from any other politicians.
“The citizens come first,” he said.
The decision was made last Tuesday, Wilson said, but there was never an agenda item notifying the public of a vote or a hearing to make the change. The only item on the agenda was a visit to a Charles County oyster farm, he said.
Jameson, who is the current chair of the Southern Maryland delegation and also vice chair of the economic matters committee, said she believes the decision to recommend Patterson as chairwoman was the right one. There was “too much on the plate” for her, Jameson said, and handing off her duties as Charles County chairwoman was the right thing to do.
Having the time to do the job is part of the process, Jameson said, and having other things to contend with does not help production.
“You can’t say I’ve got five other things on my plate,” Jameson said. “I’m very pleased. I think it will give her a shot of getting to know a little bit more of Annapolis too.”
The delegation members choose who they want as chair, Jameson said. The decision stems from recommendations from different members, she said. Wilson’s work as an attorney was one of the main reasons the delegation did not select him for the position, she said.
“It has nothing to do with CT. He’s very busy,” Jameson said. “I think the general opinion was that this would give an opportunity for Edith to get engaged in Annapolis and she had the time to do it.”
Patterson said she was happy to be selected as the chair for the delegation. Jameson called to notify her of her selection and would begin her duties as chairwoman on July 1, she said.
Patterson, who was previously a Charles County commissioner vice president for a four-year term, said she looks forward to continuing to tackle issues important to the county and working with the county commissioners and constituents to identify what needs to be done.
Economic development will be a chief concern for her, Patterson said, and working with other delegations in Southern Maryland will be important as well. She will be aggressive, she said, on getting things done for the county on a state level.
“I look forward to continuing to work for the citizens and I’m just very honored that my colleagues have selected me for this role,” Patterson said. “You’re the person that they go to when they’re a problem for the county.”
As far as how she was selected, Patterson said she does not know how the vote came to be. But she reiterated that it is an honor to be put in the position of chairwoman for the Charles County delegation.
Wilson said he called Patterson and congratulated her, but still feels he did not get the proper opportunity. Working and being a delegate should not have been a hindrance, he said, because the state has a “citizen delegation” where delegates are allowed to work outside of their role.
The delegation has a “communication problem,” Wilson said, and he consistently is left out of meetings he cannot attend due to time constraints with his work as an attorney. He has asked for times to be moved later, he said, but they are consistently set before 6 p.m. — likely how he was left out of the vote and opportunity, he said.
“We don’t talk, and that’s problematic. Maybe they do communicate. Maybe I’m just the one being left out,” Wilson said.