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Some Wal-Mart humor

The tone on the Maryland Senate floor has been pretty intense and pretty partisan in the session's opening days, so Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer decided today to inject a little humor -- at his own expense.

Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County) reminded colleagues of a Washington Post story last fall that detailed Wal-Mart's hiring of a dozen Annapolis lobbyists in an attempt to kill a bill that could force the retailing giant to spend more on employee health care. Among the lobbyists was Kasemeyer's wife, Pam.

The report really hit home for Kasemeyer, he said, when he settled down that night with a ham sandwich to watch one of his favorite television shows, CNBC's "Mad Money" with Jim Cramer.

Kasemeyer, who supported the bill himself, said Cramer held up the Post story and pointed to the company's hiring of Kasemeyer's wife. "Has Wal-Mart no shame?" Cramer screamed.

By John Wagner  |  January 17, 2006; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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