A Notable Absence
There were several white-haired former governors in attendance in Annapolis at yesterday's State of the State address by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D): Marvin Mandel (D), Harry Hughes (D) and Parris N. Glendening (D). Absent, however, was William Donald Schaefer (D).
When asked why he didn't attend the speech, Schaefer said he had not been invited.
"I didn't even know it was going to be today," the retired political legend said from his Anne Arundel County home. "I didn't get an invitation. ..... They may have forgotten to give me one."
But O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said that Schaefer was invited -- and that he responded "no" the day after the invitations were sent. out.
Regardless, there was no love lost between O'Malley and Schaefer.
"We haven't been what you would call 'friendly' for a number of years," Schaefer said. "We've never counseled each other."
Also absent was a still-brown-haired former governor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). Ehrlich was invited, but told O'Malley aides that he had a "scheduling conflict."
For more from the event, see this State House Snapshot.
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