Mike Miller might be the most vivid, fascinating and powerful politician who never went national. Too many great anecdotes in this @paulschwartzman obit, but I will thread a few here. . .
Sad news about Mike Miller, a giant in Maryland politics for basically my entire life. Had the occasion to interview and chat with him a few times when I was a student at UMD covering the statehouse for @CNSmd and he was always generous, funny and smart. RIP.
The rally turned into an insurrectionist riot and Greeson, who had high blood pressure, had a heart attack & died outside the Capitol. He was on the phone with his wife when he went into cardiac arrest. He did not tase himself to death, despite viral rumors claiming he did. 15/16
Greeson came to believe the false narrative that the election had been stolen from Trump. He made a series of posts on Parler calling for violent insurrection, expressing support for the Proud Boys, saying "Obama should be put to death" & hoping Pelosi would die of COVID. 10/16
Meanwhile, Greeson's media habits evolved. He stopped watching CNN and reading AL. com and began watching Fox News. His views became more right-wing over time and after the November election, he stopped using Facebook and watching Fox, instead turning to Parler and Newsmax. 9/16
Jess Brown, professor emeritus of government and public affairs at Athens State University in Athens - the north Alabama town of 25,000 where Greeson lived - said many people share a “frustration” with the way the economy has declined in the region. 8/16
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