Leopold 911 call: What's the fallout?
It's pretty clear that John Leopold and the Anne Arundel County Police Department have no interest in divulging furhter details of the bizarre incident in which an officer responding to a 911 call from a person complaining of possible sexual activity in a car in the Annapolis mall parking lot found said car to be occupied by the county executive himself. The Sun's Julie Scharper reports this morning that Leopold isn't talking beyond a one-paragraph statement saying the police found nothing improper, and the police aren't saying whether Leopold was alone or what he and the officer said to each other.
So now what? Will that be the end of it, or will Leopold face pressure to say more? What we may actually get answers about in the next few days could be how strong a challenge Leopold can expect to face in the 2010 election. He faced strong opponents in both the primary and general elections in 2006, and it would certainly help a challenger this time if Leopold were weakened by some sort of scandal. So far, the Arundel political establishment is snickering about this behind their sleeves. If you see a politician making a stink about this, perhaps arguing that the public deserves more answers, take that as a sign that somebody's got
the state's only Republican county executive (apologies to David Craig; it was early when I wrote this) one of the state's most prominent Republican elected officials in his or her sights for 2010.