CINCINNATI — The nation's governors, after three days of harmony, closed out their annual meeting today with an acrimonious debate over whether to change the method of amending the U.S. Constitution.
Present but not participating in that debate was Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential nominee, who attended only the final session of the 80th meeting of the National Governors' Assn.
The Massachusetts governor sat silent while Govs. John H. Sununu of New Hampshire and Mario M. Cuomo of New York, Buddy Roemer of Lousiana and Carroll A. Campbell of South Carolina dropped all pretense of harmony.
'Constitution on Its Head'
"You've turned the Constitution on its head," Roemer said at one point.
When Sununu, presiding over the final session of his year as NGA chairman, suggested to Cuomo that they debate the issue on television, the New York governor replied, "I know how eager you are for the (camera's) red light, Gov. Sununu."