While this column might in the minds of some take on the feel of an obituary, that’s not what I’m attempting. I just think I’d prefer to give Holland his roses while he can still smell them. I’ve known him since his days on Capitol Hill on the staff of U.S. Rep. Jamie Whitten.
Despite not often agreeing on politics and knocking heads on some specific public policy issues, I have long considered Holland a friend. Indeed, it’s hard for even his most committed political adversaries not to like Holland. His flamboyance, his quick sense of humor, and his passion for the things he believes in are difficult to ignore.