The recent flurry of temperamental outbursts by Gov. William Donald Schaefer does no one any good. It hurts his image among state legislators and citizens. It hurts his legislative package and his $11.5 billion budget request. It hurts the operation of state government. And it could do irreparable harm to Mr. Schaefer's legacy as governor.
As a newspaper that has long supported many of Mr. Schaefer's achievements first as mayor and then as governor, we are saddened by this turn of events. Mr. Schaefer is known for his short fuse and tart tongue. He has little tolerance for people who do not see things his way. But Annapolis is a town where consensus and give-and-take are essential to get things done. It also is a state capital that prides itself on gentlemanly conduct in recognition of Maryland's southern roots and democratic heritage dating back to Colonial times.
Mr. Schaefer's outbursts are proving counter-productive. They are aggravating citizens and mystifying officials in state government. Legislators who previously had been in the