by Peter Freyne
He's been a Montpeculiar fixture since the early 1970s, but we bet most of you don't recognize him, eh?
In Vermont's political world, he's a veteran insider, a powerful player and he keeps a very low profile.
His past includes Middlebury College, the U.S. Marines (captain), getting Jim Jeffords elected to the U.S. House in 1974, a brief stint in the Legislature, followed by seven years on Gov. Richard Snelling's staff followed by many years as the Statehouse lobbyist for the Vermont Bankers Association.
The election of Jim Douglas in 2002 has been the icing on the cake for this Fifth Floor maestro - the one and only Tim Hayward!
Here's GOP Gov. Scissorhands' chief-of-staff as we caught him outside the palace yesterday in the state capital.
Tim was so kind, he even took off his sunglasses for Freyne Land!
Tough guy, Ol' Tim.