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Schaefer Apologizes

Two days after drawing criticism for ogling a 24-year-old aide at a public meeting, Comptroller William Donald Schaefer apologized to the woman today in a hand-delivered letter.

The letter was delivered at 2:45 p.m. to the woman, who works in Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s office.

Earlier in the day, Schaefer seemed unrepentant, telling a gaggle of TV reporters who followed him into a budget hearing, "I did nothing i should apologize for."

He blamed the media for embarassing the "pretty little girl" and for trying to make "something small into something big."

"She's 23 or 24 years old, had nobody every looked at her before?" he asked.

The incident occurred at Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting, when Schaefer stared at the aide as she walked out of the room, then called her back and asked her to "walk again" so he could watch. (video clip)

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 17, 2006; 3:33 PM ET
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I clicked on the Video Clip link and all I could see was a grainy still photo. Is video of this incident out there somewhere?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 17, 2006 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Change the headline. Schaefer did not apologize for his behavior. He simply said that he was sorry that she had to endure the ordeal.

How quickly can we get rid of that guy? I'm ordering my Franchot for Comptroller bumper sticker today.

Posted by: Steve | February 18, 2006 1:40 AM | Report abuse

so the old man looked at a girl. what is the big deal?

Posted by: woody247 | February 19, 2006 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Schaefer's apologies aren't worth the paper they are written on. This scuzzball needs to go.He's an enbarrassment to the State of Maryland. Franchot all the way!!

Posted by: luthersomd | February 22, 2006 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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