Think personality doesn’t matter in politics? Consider this object lesson, from the part-time William and Mary poli-sci and law school prof who just so happens to be Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment.

Talking to reporters Wednesday after a special session on the budget adjourned, Norment (as he is wont to do) mentioned his shared experience as a VMI Keydet with Gov. Ralph Northam. Though their time at the military college in Valley didn’t overlap, Virginia Military Institute is a school of unchanging tradition.

“I consider him a friend,” Norment said, adding that it was pleasant to be part of the team of senators and House of Delegates members who trudged up to the third floor of the Capitol to tell Northam that the General Assembly was organized and ready to get down to the business of the special session.

Northam wished them well and said he knew they had lots of hard work to do. “He didn’t lecture us,” Norment said.

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