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Dan Quayle deserves to be heard | READER COMMENTARY

Former President George H. W. Bush and former Vice President Dan Quayle attend a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 for the unveiling of a bust of the former vice president.
Former President George H. W. Bush and former Vice President Dan Quayle attend a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 for the unveiling of a bust of the former vice president.(Chuck Kennedy)

I very much enjoyed reading columnist Cal Thomas’ warm and informative piece, “Dan Quayle says Trump is doing a fine job handling coronavirus” (March 26).

In 1992, the late Rep. Helen Delich Bentley appointed me to be the press secretary for the-then Bush-Quayle Presidential re-elect GOP primary campaign for Maryland, that was won against Pat Buchanan. Thus, I had the opportunity to photograph Air Force 2 as it stood in a foggy mist at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. A motorcade took us out to Hunt Valley where I had the chance to hear him speak and then shake hands with him, and also photograph his visit there.

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He was not the man I’d read about in print nor heard derided on TV newscasts, but erudite, well-spoken, self-assured, calm and friendly. Quite unexpectedly, a week or so later, I received a signed color photograph from the White House of our handshake and I still have it.

Do I regret that he didn’t stay in public life? You bet!

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Blaine Taylor, Towson

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