That Was the Year that Wasn't, Quite

December 29, 1993|By BRUCE L. BORTZ

It didn't quite happen in 1993: February 28 -- Governor Schaefer tells intimates that there's Indian blood in him, and that after he leaves the governorship, he will become CEO of the new Indian gambling casino in St. Mary's County.

April 9 -- GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Shepard tries to temper his somewhat starchy image, appearing at Republican functions a long white beard and sheik-like togs, with assorted goats, camels and human supporters trailing behind.

June 1 -- The state Republican Party holds what it calls a raffle in Ocean City. To his dismay, the raffle winner, Del. Ron Franks, finds that his prize is the nomination to run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Paul Sarbanes.

September 9 -- John Arnick, in a symbolic gesture, joins the Women's Legislative Caucus as an honorary member. The caucus refuses, however, by 24-23, to heed the new member's advice about inaugurating a new fund-raising mechanism -- what he calls the ''Bimbo Ball.''

September 28 -- Mary Boergers, insisting that she's not running as the female Democrat candidate, lectures reporters about not reading too much into her new campaign slogan: ''The time for change is her and N.O.W.''

October 15 -- An angry Governor Schaefer responds to Money magazine accusations that he's the nation's most pampered governor. He tells reporters that all the materials for Governor's Mansion renovations were actually bought at Hechinger's and Home Depot.

October 17 -- The governor says he'll allow attrition to reduce the ranks of his ''security detail'' from 125 to 105, even though some of his carry-out meals will be delivered cold.

November 10 -- Republican Congresswoman Helen Bentley finally takes the plunge, announcing at the Dundalk Marine Terminal her candidacy for governor.

November 11 -- Mrs. Bentley says on a radio program that her car had unaccountably taken her to the wrong place, and that she actually had intended the day before to announce her candidacy for congressional re-election. She blames a mechanical error in her Toyota.

November 15 -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful American Joe Miedusiewski sends word that he will run for lieutenant governor the ticket of Prince George's County Executive Glendening on one condition -- that Mr. Glendening change his first name to ''American in Parris.''

December 1 -- A small step for privatization at BWI is approved. A private company is awarded a contract to search through the bags of ''out-of-state'' passengers for items that might be of value to the state treasury. Governor Schaefer says the move will help fulfill his original campaign pledge, ''Let's Make Maryland Best.''

December 9 -- Speaker-designate Cas Taylor announces plans to expand the number of standing committees from 6 to 24, and give every subdivision a chairmanship.

December 15 -- The state Judicial Disabilities Commission, it is reported, has not been operating for the past eight months, but no one (except for Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Tom Bollinger) has noticed.

December 26 -- Sherm Lindquist, national marketing vice president of the GTECH corporation, the state lottery's biggest computer contractor, is named state lottery czar. ''Why not just skip the middle man?'' explains a beaming Governor Schaefer. Mr. Lindquist immediately announces a proposal that would allow Marylanders, via a check-off box, to purchase lottery-ticket subscriptions directly from their tax refunds.

December 27 -- State Prosecutor Steve Montanarelli leaks word of new allegations that City Comptroller Jackie McLean steered the city's new hairdressing contract to a local firm apparently owned by her daughter, but no hairdos were actually performed. Mayor Schmoke says he didn't know of the contract because of poor staff communication and a good haircut obtained elsewhere. City Council President Mary Pat Clarke admits only that she had ''toured'' the beauty facility several times.

December 28 -- Happy news. The city finally determines who's actually supervising Del. Paul Weisengoff, who is on the city payroll to the tune of about $45,000 a year -- City Comptroller Jackie McLean.

Happy New Year to all.

Bruce L. Bortz edits The Maryland Report and The Maryland Procurement Report newsletters. He comments for The Sun on Maryland politics.

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