Is This the Most Powerful Man in Delaware?
The Senate president pro tempore says he’s never used certain privileges unless asked by someone else. Right or wrong, Thurman Adams still wants what’s best for all.
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Yet Copeland still respects Adams’ character and forthrightness. “I like him a lot,” says Copeland. “I’ve always found him to be honorable and straightforward. And I believe he truly wants what’s best for Delaware.”
Adams disputes use of the so-called desk drawer veto by declaring he never used it unilaterally. “All the requests not to consider a bill came from other members of the Senate who did not want to vote on it,” he says. “There were 31 bills in my desk drawer once, and 21 came over from the House and were not bills the Senate wanted to consider.”
Adams accepts the criticism with equanimity. “The buck stops with me, and I have to accept that everything that’s written about me is not something I’m going to like.”
Adams says his motives are fair, that he tries to do what’s best for the state. He cites two pieces of legislation he has sponsored that he is especially proud of.
“In 2000 my son died waiting on an organ transplant that was not available in time to save his life,” Adams says. “At the time, an individual’s wish to donate their organs at the time of death could be overridden by family members. My bill, signed into law by Governor Minner, now prevents that. I told a national meeting of state government officials about the bill, and now many other states have enacted similar legislation.”
The other bill Adams is most proud of saved a life shortly after its passage.
“I had been hearing complaints from law enforcement and school officials about the disruptive impact of bomb threats being phoned into schools. I introduced an enhanced 911 bill that enables law enforcement to trace cell phone calls, including those of victims of crimes.”
That bill’s passage led to an immediate decline in crank bomb threats, and within a year of its passage, the bill saved a woman from certain death.
“She had been kidnapped during a home invasion,” Adams says. “Placed in the trunk of the assailant’s car, she was taken to his home. She had no idea where she was, but was being repeatedly raped and was certain she’d eventually be killed. Her 911 call was traced to the assailant’s home and she was rescued.”
William Chandler of Delaware’s Chancery Court is unabashed in his praise of Adams’ importance to the people of Delaware.
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