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The legend of Michael Erin Busch

The legend of Michael Erin Busch

It wasn’t long after I became a reporter in The Sun’s State House bureau that House Speaker Michael E. Busch first wandered in to the paper’s dank hovel of an office in the capitol, plunked down in a chair, put up his feet and started to shoot the breeze. This would happen daily, sometimes multiple times a day, invariably around deadline. (It’s a delicate thing to kick a presiding officer of the Maryland General Assembly out of your office.)

He would talk State House politics, sure, but also the weather, national news, sports, whatever, seemingly for hours at a time. It’s not that I was special — he did the same at the press pit at the other end of the hall where the smaller...