John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Ten random things: November 10

Ten highlights from the political career of William Donald Schaefer:

  1. Slammed a door on an aide and broke her toe
  2. Asked a group of delegates from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, "How's that shithouse of an Eastern Shore?"
  3. Had the Motor Vehicle Administration provide him with the the address of a driver who flipped him off in traffic, and sent her a letter reading, "Your action only exceeds the ugliness of your face. Have a nice day!"
  4. Sent state troopers to the house of a constituent who sent him a negative letter
  5. Forced city employees to spend the night in the house of a woman who complained that her streets were littered with garbage
  6. Pointed an pistol at a reporter during a press conference to announce his support for a ban on handguns
  7. Referred to his successor as governor "rabbit brain" and a "pile of manure"
  8. Donned an old-time swimsuit and jumped into the seal pool at the National Aquarium in Baltimore
  9. Called a female reporter a "sweet little girl"
  10. Told his aides to arrange to have an abandoned car towed away but refused to tell them where it was, telling them, "If I can find it, you can find it."
William Donald Schaeffer is the former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, and will shortly be the former Maryland State Comptroller. He's a legendary figure in Maryland, due in no small part to his being almost completely nuts. Still, in a political career that lasted more than 50 years, he only ever lost one election, so I guess it wasn't much of a handicap.

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