Civility has its limits
The state Senate broke from a partisan debate over air pollution this morning to get some nonpartisan advice from one of the state's political legends: Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D).
Both chambers of the General Assembly celebrated Schaefer's more than 50 years in public office with special resolutions.
In remarks that Schaefer himself acknowledged were a bit rambling, he urged legislators to remember "you're job is one thing: help people."
Schaefer, who is 84, also suggested that they do something that the mercurial former governor and Baltimore mayor has not always done himself. When fighting a political battle, he said, remain friends when it's all over and "go down to the bar to have a drink."
He then stepped down from the dais to vigorous applause from both sides of the aisle.
Without missing a beat, Senate President Thomas "Mike" V. Miller Jr. said, "Okay, can we turn back to partisan politics after all the civility?"
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