But the response to Agnew's speech around the nation was different. Calls of support to Agnew's office in Annapolis poured in from around the country, and Republicans took note. Maryland's previous Republican Governor, Theodore McKeldin, who had also served as Baltimore's Mayor later said, "that speech made him the darling of the Strom Thurmond set." But perhaps more importantly for Agnew's own political career, Pat Buchanan, then an eager, young staff aide to presidential candidate Richard Nixon, clipped the text of the speech and saved it for his boss. By May, The Washington Post put Agnew, then just eight years removed from finishing fifth in a five-way race for Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge, as a legitimate VP contender. Three months later Richard Nixon named Spiro Agnew his running mate.