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Mr. Norment’s apparent message to the Democrats: Watch out, cause we’re coming to get you.
“I can assure you I am going to put the best people on the ground I can find,” he said. “I don’t say that with any degree of animosity or retribution, but this is unacceptable.”
Miller on Schaefer
As Maryland officials gathered last Monday in Annapolis to mourn the death of former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. reflected on his experience with the famously quirky two-term governor.
Like many colleagues, he praised Mr. Schaefer’s accomplishments — especially as mayor of Baltimore from 1971 to 1987 — and remembered him as a cantankerous, yet dedicated public servant who did not respond well to conflict.
“When he waved to me, he wouldn’t use all of his fingers,” said Mr. Miller, who was elected Senate president in 1987, the same year Mr. Schaefer took office.
“[If we disagreed] he would get mad at me and he would go into his closet and wouldn’t come out for hours on end,” Mr. Miller said.
The governor’s “My way or the highway” political approach extended into other areas of his life, said Mr. Miller, who recalled Mr. Schaefer having trees cut down at the governor’s mansion, which he had redecorated by his longtime companion Hilda Mae Snoops.
Mr. Miller said that while Mr. Schaefer’s stubbornness did not always serve him well in Annapolis, it likely made him the effective mayor and political giant that he was.
“He never stopped demanding,” Mr. Miller said. “He was very unique — a very positive role model for the little guy.”
Paige Winfield Cunningham and David Hill contributed to this report
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