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Eastern Shore Reaction to Mikulski Retirement

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - In Wicomico County, both democrats and republicans agree than Senator Barbara Mikulski is a no-nonsense senator who is very direct about her beliefs.  After that, party members say they will remember and appreciate different aspects of her term in office.

Even across party lines, Mikulski has admirers in Wicomico County.

"She's spoken and has done what she's thought what was best for Maryland for gosh, how long?  The longest serving woman in Congress.  And she's a great gal.  I just disagree with her politics," said Dave Parker, member of former chairman of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee.

Parker said politically, there was not very much he and Mikulski would agree on.  And while he admires Mikulski's work and the success she has had in Congress, he does wish she paid more visits to the Eastern Shore.

"She's a rare sight to be found on the Eastern Shore.  Both of our senators are.  They come when they have to, make a minimal appearance and then depart again," Parker said.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrat Laura Mitchell, Salisbury city council member and member of the Wicomico County Democratic Central Committee said Mikulski has been on the Eastern Shore more often than many believe.  Mitchell said Mikulski has worked very hard behind the scenes for the Eastern Shore and has stepped up to help the Eastern Shore when called upon in an emergency.

"When Crisfield was hit by Hurricane Sandy, Barbara Mikulski was there.  When Labinal said, announced that they were leaving Salisbury, Barbara Mikulski has been here for us, helping us," Mitchell said.

Love her and her beliefs, or hate her and her idea, Senator Barbara Mikulski has left quite an impact on the state of Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

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