Once a target of Schaefer, Hughes aims, fires backDuring...

State House Swirl

February 25, 1991|By From The Evening Sun's legislative bureau

Once a target of Schaefer, Hughes aims, fires back

During his first term as governor, William Donald Schaefer often grumbled about his predecessor, Harry R. Hughes. The comments sometimes extended to Hughes' decorating of the governor's mansion -- which Schaefer had redone.

Last week, the target fired back.

In a ceremonial address in the old Senate chambers, Hughes said, "While some people say 'Do it Now,' I said 'Do it Right.' "

Anybody got a 1947 Goldstein?


The Maryland State Teacher's Association has handed out its annual "baseball cards" of legislators. Each lawmaker got a set of cards with their photo on one side and short biography on the reverse. Despite extensive swapping of the cards, lawmakers have had a hard time assembling complete sets, especially the more valuable, autographed varieties. Del. Clarence Davis, a Democrat from the city and protocol chairman, announced on the House floor that he is working on a plan -- to be unveiled tonight -- for the orderly exchange of cards among members. This, Davis said, is part of "Our continuing service to the members."

The din in the State House reception room was near deafening the evening Governor Schaefer chose to officially sign into law a controversial abortion-rights bill.

The ceremony occurred just 35 minutes after a final vote on the House floor sent the bill up to the governor's desk. Celebrants, camera crews and reporters gathered noisily into the room and waited for the governor to join the crowd. When he arrived, he was greeted by a boisterous round of applause and by one brief outcry of displeasure from someone, apparently a foe of abortion rights, who did not appreciate the governor's willingness to sign the bill so quickly.

When the applause subsided, the governor lowered his head and spoke.

"Life is funny," he began in what may be one of the most poignant -- and telling -- remarks of this tough session. "You can hear 10,000 clapping, but the boo comes in the loudest."

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