CAMBRIDGE: I’m down in Cambridge on the Choptank, sitting in my cheap hotel room about ready to head out to the Hyatt for the annual winter meeting of the Maryland Association of Counties.
The governor will speak to the elected and appointed county officials after dinner, as all governors do every year. The General Assembly leaders will give a preview of the upcoming session tomorrow after breakfast.
It was just a year ago at this conference, on Friday, Jan. 9, that the Sun’s Gadi Dechter (now at Bloomberg News) and WBAL TV’s Lowell Meiser were chasing Mayor Sheila Dixon and her chief of staff down a hallway of the hotel to get her reaction to the strong rumor that she would be indicted that day.
Reporters had waited for Dixon outside a ballroom after the legislative preview, hoping to get a word with her. She and her aide looked for a back door, but couldn’t find one.
After a few minutes, as I recall, she decided to plunge ahead, plowing through us and racing up the stairs with Gadi and Lowell in pursuit. I was at the Baltimore Examiner at the time, and we didn’t come out on Saturdays, so I decided to amble along behind the mad dash.
I don’t recall whether the others got a no comment or nothing at all. Dixon was indeed indicted that day, almost a full year ago. That’s a long time for a city or mayor to live under a cloud.