(This editorial was published in ST. MARY’S TODAY in 2006)
Glendening’s Mistress Vs. Willie Don’s Goof
This past week former Governor and current Comptroller William Donald Schaefer did a silly thing and made an ass out of himself over ogling the walk of a woman who was performing her duties assisting on the staff of the Board of Public Works. He was wrong for doing so, but Schaefer’s embarrassing the woman over her walk in front of a room full of people was a far different event from former Governor Parris Glendening giving $31,000 in raises to his deputy chief of staff for sleeping with him.
Every day women parade around hoping to be noticed for their attractive dress, their hard work at keeping their figure intact, their hair, nails, shoes and everything else that makes them attractive. For a wolf whistle, a sharp look, a polite compliment, many women long to hear while others view such things with disdain. But the staffer bringing the Comptroller tea in a public meeting isn’t the time or place for wolf whistles and leers. The Comptroller apologized for what he did in a private note to the woman and he owes no one else any further ado.
The so-called mainstream media and establishment politicians did not condemn Governor Parris Glendening when he was promoting his mistress over other qualified women on his staff because she was skulking around and meeting the Governor for trysts on the state yacht, on overseas trips and in overnight love sessions in Annapolis. The big city media wouldn’t report on Glendening’s conduct, only ST. MARY’S TODAY printed the truth about Glendening and his government mistress and as well as the lies of his press secretary, Mike Morrill. Glendening said this newspaper only reports on UFO’s but the truth was the only UFO we have ever written about was him: an Unidentified Fathering Object. He dumped his wife, married his pregnant mistress and their love child was born. All the while, no complaints from the politically correct.
Governor Glendening flew his girlfriend around the world with him, at taxpayer’s expense, gave her raises, courtesy of the taxpayers, while dumping his wife.
Where were the indignant when Glendening was discriminating against women for promotions in favor of the one who kept him happy in the sack? They were getting the policy and politics from Glendening that fits their agenda and they didn’t say a word.
Get real. Schaefer’s conduct was silly but not nearly as outrageous as Glendening. The politically correct legislators ought to put aside their phoniness and get to work for Maryland in bringing about good public policy.
William Donald Schaefer has been a good governor and a good comptroller. It is up to the people of Maryland to figure out that ogling a good looking woman is okay, to embarrass her is not, and an apology for doing so is and was the appropriate remedy.
(Note: Schaefer got into a brawl of words with one of his opponents in the primary and a third candidate whom no one thought had a chinaman’s chance in hell, (Politically incorrect term) of winning, came out on top in the Democratic Primary in 2006 and went on to win. Del. Peter Franchot of Montgomery County was elected Comptroller and ten years later still holds the post, emulating the run of Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein. Franchot is the state’s most popular Democrat who often battled with Gov. Martin O’Malley over spending, calling for more prudent fiscal policy.)