Maybe, at long last, the guy will get the point. "Those words, and variations on them, were heard in the delegation room last week after the Prince George's members of the Maryland House of Delegates killed a bill that could have given Sheriff Don Edward Ansell a $4,500 raise.
Ansell, who has been on charged of missappropriating funds, perjury and filing false tax returns, has been enough of an embarrassment to his Democratic colleagues just be being around in this election year, some delegates said privately.
"But for him to come to us and ask for more money and power . . . my God," said one delegate. "Talk about brass."
Two weeks ago Ansell asked the Prince George's delegation to consider introducing a bill giving him the raise. He and his staff appeared in uniform at a public hearing before the delegation requesting raises for the sheriff and his assistant sheriffs one of whom, Guy T. Williams, is also under indictment.
The all-Democratic House delegation dealt with Ansell's bill as quickly and quietly as possible. It was defeated without debate unanimously within the delegation, leaving the controversial sheriff with a $25,500 yearly salary.
Unlike the Week before when Ansell and some 60 of his deputies stood watch at the public hearing, he and his men were not on hand when it was killed. Ansell had been told by several delegates, in strong terms, that he was no longer in good standing in Annapolis.
Delegate B. W. Mike Donovan has drafted a bill that would provide sheriffs department employees with the same labor protections as other county workers. "The morale in the department has never been this low," said Donovan, in reference to Ansell's recent firing of more than 100 employees.
The morale of Prince George's two black delegates - Decatur Trotter and Nathaniel Exum (both from the predominantly black 25the District) dropped last week when they discovered there was virtually no delegation support for their bill to exempt the county from th e statewide policeman's Bill of Rights.
Trotter and Exum presented the bill with the understanding that County Executive Winfield Kelly supported it. They quickly discovered, however, that Kelly and several delegates had back-tracked slightly in the face of loud opposition from the police force.
Rather than exempt Prince George's from the policeman's Bill of Rigths, a document that protects policemen from arbituary dismissals, Kelly decided that the county should ask for two amendments to the measure.
One amendment would place a citizen member on the police trial board that reviews complaints against police officers. The other amendment would allow the county Human Relations Commission, with the consent of the county executive, to order a trial board review even if the police administration did not want one. Both amendments relate only to Prince George's County.
"A lot of policement got up in arms over the fear that they would not have any protection," said Kelly's chief spokesman, John A. Lally. "The word "exemption" scared them. We think these amendments do what we want done."
What the administration wants "done," is to cool the animositites that have rocked the county in recent weeks since the two unarmed black suspects were shot and killed by two white policemen.
Trotter and Exum did win a small victory at last week's meeting when the delegation voted to make Martin Luther King's birthday a school holiday in the county. They were able to get enough votes for the measure by allowing several south county delegates to add an amendment that would make Columbus Day a school holiday, as well.
Delegate Pauline H. Menes, a liberal, voted against the bill. "The best way to honor our few heroes,"she said, "is to have the teachers and students pay special attention to them in the classrooms.