Josh Kurtz -- Hoyer on Currie: 'The system works'

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Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown was feted at a 50th birthday fundraiser last night at the Camelot catering hall in Upper Marlboro.

Brown was, fittingly, the center of attention at the event, which took place in the 25th legislative district, which Brown used to represent in the House of Delegates.

But in an awkward moment, another former 25th district legislator, U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, surprised the crowd by publicly paying tribute to a current member of the 25th district delegation -- state Sen. Ulysses Currie, who was acquitted in a corruption trial two weeks ago but still faces a Senate ethics committee investigation. Both Hoyer and Brown served as character witnesses for the defense in Currie's trial.

"Congratulations, Uly Currie, my friend," Hoyer said from the dais, as the surprised audience offered tepid applause. "The system works."
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Josh Kurtz has been writing about Maryland politics since late 1995. Louie Goldstein, William Donald Schaefer and Pete Rawlings were alive, but the Intercounty Connector, as far as anyone could tell, was dead.

But some things never change: Mike Miller is still in charge of the Senate. Gerry Evans and Bruce Bereano are among the top-earning lobbyists in Annapolis. Steny Hoyer is still waiting for Nancy Pelosi to disappear. And Maryland Republicans are still struggling to be relevant.

The media landscape in Maryland has changed a lot, and Kurtz is happy to write weekly for Center Maryland. He's been writing a column for the website since it launched in January 2010.

In his "real" job, Kurtz is editor of Environment & Energy Daily down on Capitol Hill. But he'll always find Maryland politics more fascinating.

Kurtz grew up in New York City and attended public schools there. He has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He's married with two daughters and lives in Takoma Park, Md. He hopes you'll drop him a line, or maybe go out for a meal with him, because he's always hungry -- for political gossip.