A Week in the Life of Speaker Michael Busch


Be sure to read a Capital Gazette story on Speaker Michael Busch from Sunday.

An excerpt:

This morning, the first up is an amendment exempting businesses near the state line. It fails, 87-45.

Alexandra Hughes calls to a page, “Can you print me the vote?”

She’s an attorney, a Princeton University graduate, and the speaker’s deputy chief of staff — some may say his bulldog.

Moments later, she’s handed the vote. She leans against a desk, highlighting the names of Democrats who voted for the amendment.

Beidle, Bromwell, Conway, Minnick, Wood.

Next, an amendment excluding publicly traded companies. It fails, 91-43.

“Can you print me the vote?”

More highlighting. Hughes shows it to Busch.

“It is an election year,” he says.

For two hours it continues: Debate. Vote. Print. Highlight.

“I just want to keep them in the back of my mind,” Hughes says.

I also wrote about Alexandra Hughes this weekend. I wrote about witnesses who saw her go to the press room in the State House and scream at a reporter for reporting on a closed-door meeting she was participating in.

Jeff Quinton

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