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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

New County Health Officer Peter Beilenson

County Executive Ken Ulman has made a superb choice in nominating Peter Beilenson to be Howard County’s Health Officer. Dr. Beilenson formally served from 1992 to 2005 as the Health Commissioner for Baltimore City, where he racked up an amazing record of accomplishments including improving immunization compliance, expanding drug treatment programs, and initiated a wide range of lead poisoning prevention initiatives. While Dr. Beilenson was running for the Congressional seat that Ben Cardin was vacating this past election I heard Dr. Beilenson speak in Howard County on multiple occasions and was always impressed by his dedication to finding sound policy solutions to complex problems. Dr. Beilenson will be a superb addition to county government and I think Ken showed real vision and leadership in recruiting him to serve our county.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy sounds like a good pick, but KU is not making any friends by firing Robey appointees that he had told he would keep on before the election.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

How do you know that he told them he would keep them on? It seems natural to me that a new executive would select the top deputies he would want to serve as his staff.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They (plural) told me and I believe them. Going from one Democrat to another, I didn't expect that much turnover.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Oh, I guess I did expect a lot of change. Ken has his vission of what he wants to get done and now he is selecting a team to do it. I suspect we will see a very different government over the next 4 to 8 years than we have ever seen before. Ken is not one to be limited in his vission by what has been done before and when he is at his best he can be a very creative problem solver.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting take, evan. To me (and a few of the dismissed), it seems like Ulman bought some support by promising the status quo, then recanting on his promises.

Ken Ulman is quoted repeatedly saying that his government will continue the work of Robey.

Most recently, I read that Ken said in the corridor mailer that Robey did an excellent job and any differences between Ulman and Robey would be in style only.

If he was so impressed by the Robey administration, why dismiss so many top Robey officials?

But my biggest issue is with the broken promises of continued employment.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Steve Fine said...

What broken promises of employment? Just because an anonymous poster on a blog makes a claim does not mean its true. In fact, the presumption among fair minded and intelligent people is to the contrary.

Typical right wing sleeze tactic. Lie about something in an anonymous post and then keep referring back to the lie. As A famous right winger once said: "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth."

Your in great company anon. 11:26.

I wouldn't identify myself either if I were as dishonorable as you. But no doubt there is a bright future for you in the Bush Administration!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try, but maybe Steve Fine should speak to former members of Robey's staff. I have.

BTW, there is more than one person. Ask around.

Typical left-wing blogger reaction: can't attack the message, so go after the messenger.

If you want more textbook left-wing positions without any independent thoughts, read Steve Fine's blog.

Steve Fine has consistently agreed with every position of the Dems, including the untenable ones.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Evan said...


You clearly don't Steve Fine.

As for Robey's former staffers, as I have said I am not surprised. Everyone should really learn to listen, probe, and examine what elected officials are saying.

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the original anon. Ulman even publicly commended certain officials then replaced them.

Is loyalty more important than good performance?

I prefer balanced blogs, so I don't read fineline.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon. 10:42, what message? All we have are anonymous reports that some unamed person said something.

How do we know this isn't deliberate misinformation planted by Republican operatives, (like they would never do such a thing)or someone who was just jealous of Ken Ulman? Since Anonymous postings lack accountablity, we ought not give them much factual credibility.

I don't know if either of these are true. But its not right to speculate about someone without facts. And an anonomous post on a blog reporting hearsay is not a sufficent basis for judging someone.

Anon 10:42, how would you like to read a factual assertion about yourself on a blog without knowing who was responsible?

-Steve Fine

(Blogger is acting up again.)

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:28.

What information are you referring to as "deliberate misinformation planted by Republican operatives?"

Is the Corridor magazine article quoting Ken Ulman "deliberate misinformation planted by Republican operatives?"

What about the other articles during Ken's campaign when he is quoted referring to the "excellent job" of Robey's administration.

But I am sure the Baltimore Sun article quoting Ken Ulman says "Jim Robey left this County in great shape" and adds that he was "blessed" to inherit a government from Robey "lacks factual credibility."

All of the articles must be merely "deliberate misinformation planted by Republican operatives" because the person who mentions them did not use his/her name.

And I am sure Ken Ulman didn't dismiss any employees at all. It must be Republican propaganda.

Before whining about anonymous postings, why don't you actually talk to some of those who lost their jobs? Have you? I doubt it. If so, which ones?

Maybe the person who spoke to the employee who was dismissed and does not want to reference that former employee.

But, no, the better explanation is some Republican conspiracy.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon. claimed to have personal knowledge of someone who told them that Ken Ulman promised them job security.

Thats double hearsay. We don't know who allegedly claimed they were fired despite promises to the contrary, so there is no way to a) judge their credibility or b) confirm that they really told you that. 2nd, we don't know who you are, you won't say, so why should we trust you? You have nothing to lose by lying.

I never said that your comments were deliberate misinformation placed by Republicans, I just said that it could be,there is a difference.

The fact that Ken Ulman praised Jim Robey's leadership and then asked some people to leave does not imply that Ken Ulman promised some people job security and then went back on his promise. Which is what was originally alleged.

Nor does that fact that Ken replaced some of Robey's people mean that Ken didn't think Robey did a good job.

-Steve Fine

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Fine may be the most blindly partisan blogger I have ever encountered. He obviously didn't read the comments above before he sounded off.

Anon 11:04 makes a valid point (not addressed by Steve Fine): have you, Steve Fine, spoken to any of the people fired by Ken Ulman? If so, with whom have you spoken? Enlighten us please!

If someone says he spoke to someone who was fired by Ken Ulman, then it is not double-hearsay and speculation.

You won't address the substance of the comments, but rather attack the fact that it was an anonymous post. That is pretty lame.

I bet that, even if the original commenter had used a name, you still wouldn't believe them.

In your world, Ken Ulman walks on water. We should consider ourselves lucky that someone would leave high-powered jobs as a staffer in the Clinton White House and as a Cabinet Secretary to run for County Executive!

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Secretary of the Cabinet" - good one!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

So much of this critizism sounds like sour grapes. Give Ken six months or even a year to prove himself or to fail. This is the time to support the man, and in that way you are supporting your county.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you speak with Ho Co employees who volunteered for Ulman's campaign and were subsequently let go, it'd be easy to determine who the people are.

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's the important thing: you cannot possibly do better than peter beilenson. i'm no relation to him. not a personal friend. just someone who has seen him in action. he has the brains. and the heart.

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