Defeated Maryland pol same age as Frank Lautenberg will be in 2008

Maryland Democrats have ended the political career of one of the most venerable political leaders of the last half century. William Donald Schaefer, who began his political career in 1955, won four terms as the Mayor of Baltimore, two as Governor of Maryland, and then another two as State Comptroller; he finished third in yesterday’s primary election, winning just 30% of the vote. The 84-year-old Schaefer joins a club that includes American political leaders like Clifford Case, Jacob Javits, Warren Magnuson, Margaret Chase Smith, John Bricker, Frank Lausche, Ernest Gruening, Bill Roth and Terry Sanford — all of whom ended their political careers with a loss at an advanced age.

Defeated Maryland pol same age as Frank Lautenberg will be in 2008