Mikulski on Schaefer: He beat you one day, invited you in the next
By By Barbara A. Mikulski
Apr 26, 2011 | 5:25 PM
William Donald Schaefer was a Baltimore original. We will never see another William Donald Schaefer. He had the verve and the vision to give the city a new self-confidence and a new economy. He loved the neighborhoods.
When I was fighting against a 16-lane highway planned to run through the heart of East Side and West Side neighborhoods, I thought I had the votes in City Council to repeal it.
Then-Mayor Schaefer called me up and said, "Barbara, I am going to roll you. I am the Mayor. You can't run the city." When the votes came in, I lost 16 to 3. Afterward, we talked about it.
Out of that came a compromise that led to the Ft. McHenry Tunnel. We saved Fells Point. Federal Hill. Canton.
So he beat me one day. But then he invited me into the office on another day. William Donald Schaefer was like that.