Gov. William Donald Schaefer will skip Saturday's christening of a new Trident nuclear submarine named after Maryland, but plans are under way to make "a big deal" of the commissioning of the $1.6 billion vessel in about a year.
Schaefer aide Mark Wasserman said the governor's schedule is too busy for him to travel to the ceremony in Groton, Conn. Wasserman dismissed reports that the governor is snubbing the ceremony because he's angry that General Dynamics, the builder of the submarine, recently selected Virginia over Maryland for its new national headquarters.
"He can't go," said Wasserman. "It's not practical for him to attend."
At a news conference this morning, Schaefer said he was still "a little miffed at General Dynamics, because I don't think we were ever in the ballgame." But he said that had nothing to do with his decision to miss the ceremony.