Schaefer is lone no-show for State of State

January 20, 2000|By Thomas W. Waldron

Glendening critic had `other meetings,' aide says

As Gov. Parris N. Glendening delivered his sixth State of the State address yesterday, every major state official was on hand except one: Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

The former governor, who has feuded often with Glendening in the past year, was glaringly missing from the front row of seats set aside for state officials. Among those who did attend were Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. and Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.

In the seat reserved for the comptroller was Deputy Comptroller Stephen M. Cordi.

Schaefer spokesman Michael Golden said the comptroller was busy yesterday with meetings during Glendening's noontime speech.

"He's got other meetings here," Golden said. "He needs to do his work as comptroller."

Added Golden: "I wouldn't read anything into it at all."

A spokesman for Glendening said the governor was not upset.

"I'm not sure he even noticed," said spokesman Michael Morrill.

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