When Gov. William Donald Schaefer takes the oath of office for a second time, he will find far fewer friendly faces among the crowd of state legislators. The General Assembly that voters selected on Tuesday is more Republican, more conservative and less likely to give the governor a blank check to embark on expansive programs.
Mr. Schaefer had hoped to emerge from the Nov. 6 balloting with a giant landslide that would sweep into office General Assembly candidates he had endorsed and pave the way for easy passage of his action agenda. Instead, Mr. Schaefer suffered the embarrassment of losing 12 of Maryland's 24 subdivisions. He owed his 200,000-vote victory almost exclusively to big Democratic majorities rung up in just three subdivisions -- Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City.
That's hardly the mandate the governor sought for his final four-year term in Annapolis. Nor could he be pleased that so many friendly legislators were rejected: Howard Sen. Edward Kasemeyer; Washington Sen. Patricia Cushwa; Baltimore County Dels. Michael Gisriel, Bill Burgess and Donna Felling; Harford Dels. Bill Cox and Joe Lutz. The 1991-1995 General Assembly will have a forbidding new look.