We appreciate Mayor Pugh’s passion for Baltimore and her fierce commitment to the job. And we know it must be difficult for her to cope with the recent swirl of events amid her recovery from a hospitalization for pneumonia. Her insistence that she will return when her health allows (voiced most recently in an early-morning phone call Monday with Ex-Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and a statement just before noon) is entirely within character, but it would be a real disservice to the city and its residents.
The city is in the calm, steady hands of Mr. Young, who has shown an admirable selflessness in his assumption of his unexpected role as acting mayor. That Mr. Young has no personal ambition to run for mayor and has steered clear of joining or opposing the council members in their call for the mayor’s resignation — to do otherwise, he says, would invariably be viewed as self-serving — gives us confidence. So does his effort to walk the difficult tightrope of maintaining the general direction of Ms. Pugh’s policies amid the uncertainty about her intentions. But in a meeting Monday morning with The Sun’s editorial board, Mr. Young conceded, “Her ability to govern would be very difficult. Let’s face it, how would she get anything done?”