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Capitol Perspectives: Remembering the flamboyant ‘Boom Boom’ Bailey

by Phill Brooks

I recently ran into one of the most entertaining and inspiring officials I’ve covered in the statehouse — Wendell Bailey.

Reporters gave him the nickname “Boom Boom” for his self-described “tub-thumping” campaign for state treasurer in 1984. He’d bring to rallies a metal wash tub he’d bang to get attention.

It sure got my attention. I had more fun covering his campaign than I can remember. “Joyous”

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