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Maryland's Political Clambake

Who was J. Millard Tawes?

A Democrat, Tawes served as governor of Maryland from 1959 to 1967. He was born in Crisfield in 1894 and died there in 1979. At the time of his death, The Post's David Maraniss wrote: "Tawes' political career was marked by an extraordinary ability to situate himself in the middle of contending geographic, economic and political interests."

Tawes's longest -- and surely most enjoyable -- legacy in Maryland politics is the yearly political gathering held in his honor in his hometown. The 30th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake happens today in Crisfield from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET; Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R), former Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D), and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will be among the many pols in attendance.

Regular readers know The Fix has a weak spot for political gatherings that feature fish and beer. Expect a full report Thursday on the gathering.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2006; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Fix Notes , Governors , Odds and Ends , Senate  
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