The church was crammed with the biggest names in Maryland politics, past and present. Governors. Senators. Members of Congress. Mayors and other leaders in city and state government.
But when it came time for shout-outs from the pulpit, the very first person that aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs thanked for his service to William Donald Schaefer was someone you've probably never heard of: Ross Freistat.
The name has never been splashed on a bumper sticker or listed on a ballot. It belongs to Schaefer's driver.
Freistat was hired 41/2 years ago to be Schaefer's chauffer. Over the years, as Schaefer got out less, the job became less about driving and more...