Schaefer appointee declines 2 posts amid criticism

January 27, 1995|By Peter Jensen | Peter Jensen,Sun Staff Writer

A top aide in the Schaefer administration said yesterday that he is no longer a candidate for two state jobs to which he was recently appointed.

Robert A. Pascal, a former Anne Arundel County executive who was in charge of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's executive appointments, said he is unhappy that his and dozens of other appointments made in the final weeks of Mr. Schaefer's term are being viewed as improper.

He said he has sent a letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening asking that his name be withdrawn from appointment to the Maryland Stadium Authority and the State Roads Commission. The former position is unpaid, while the latter pays $5,485 a year, plus health benefits and mileage to meetings.

"I want to leave on my little old white horse, not on my painted bronco," Mr. Pascal said. "I think we could have come under criticism for not filling jobs that came due under our term."

Mr. Glendening announced Wednesday that he wants to hold up for further review some of the approximately 130 appointments that his predecessor made near the end of his term. Many went to Mr. Schaefer's friends, supporters and staff members.

The new governor complained that only 40 or so of what have become known as the "midnight appointments" could be reversed if necessary. Earlier this week, he promised to withdraw at least one, a former Schaefer press aide who was named to the parole board. Mr. Glendening questioned whether the appointee was qualified.

Mr. Pascal said that as chairman of a $15 million company, United Propane Inc. of Millersville, he doesn't need the money from the road commission job, including the state's 27 cents a mile repayment.

"Certainly, we put friends and supporters and people we had in these jobs," Mr. Pascal said. "We have been doing that for seven years. So will the present governor. Why shouldn't he put in people who are supportive of his programs?"

The Republican said he is proud of the 7,000 appointments he made for Mr. Schaefer, calling the candidates qualified and honest.

"Any impression that we were doing something that was left for )) the next administration, that's not right," Mr. Pascal said.

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