New film on ‘complicated’ tenure of former Maryland governor Mandel to air on MPT


In this 2003 file photo, former Gov. Marvin Mandel looks at supporters after being confirmed to the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland Monday, March 3, 2003, in Annapolis, Md. (Gail Burton/Associated Press)
February 6, 2014

A new documentary on the tumultuous political career of former Maryland governor Marvin Mandel (D) is set to air later this month on Maryland Public Television.

According to MPT, “Marvin Mandel: A Complicated Life” chronicles both Mandel’s accomplishments in office and the legal saga that resulted in his spending 19 months in prison on corruption charges.

The 30-minute documentary includes interviews with the 93-year-old Mandel and several other prominent Maryland political figures. Among them: Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

Mandel, who arrived in office in 1969, was convicted of federal mail fraud and racketeering charges in 1977. His sentence was later commuted by President Ronald Reagan, and his conviction was overturned in 1987. Six years later, Mandel’s official portrait was hung in the State House.

Today, his tenure in office is generally regarded as having been highly productive. His legacy included reshaping the executive branch and overhauling the court system.

The documentary is scheduled to debut Feb. 24 on MPT.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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