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Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan found himself in the awkward position last week of criticizing the behavior of a man who has delivered one of the most high-profile endorsements of his gubernatorial bid: Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer .

Schaefer (D), of course, has drawn fire for his recent ogling of a 24-year-old aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

Duncan (D) was asked about the episode--twice--while appearing before a labor group in Salisbury.
One union member wanted to know if Duncan would fire Schaefer if elected governor (since Schaefer is elected, the governor doesn't have that power).

Another member of the audience said that if any other state employee had behaved that way, he'd be fired.

Duncan noted that he had grown up in a family with seven sisters and made no attempt to defend the behavior of the former governor and mayor of Baltimore.

"What Gov. Schaefer did was wrong. It was unacceptable," Duncan said. "He should not have done that."

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 25, 2006; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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