A Schaeferean Drama: Act V

August 10, 1998|By Laura Lippman

Yet another quiet week in the race for Maryland comptroller. Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer's minions make plans for a big fund-raiser on Aug. 26. Republicans run around looking for ways to remind voters that Schaefer nostalgia may not hold up to scrutiny.

Memories are made of such weeks in Schaefer history as Aug. 9 through Aug. 15, 1993:

Gov. William Donald Schaefer is miffed when his great friend, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, seizes the opportunity to grandstand on the subject of instant lottery machines. At the Board of Public Works meeting, Goldstein piously objects to buying the machines, on the grounds that juveniles might use them.

Schaefer postpones the vote, although he's already on record as supporting the contract and Treasurer Lucille Maurer is willing to say yea. Then he threatens to abolish Keno, which he started just that year. Later, an aide says the governor has no intention of ending Keno, which is generating $100 million annually.

Schaefer's explanation: "I just got irritated today."

Pub Date: 8/10/98

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