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February 12, 2009

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.

Posted by Andy Green at 7:22 AM | | Comments (12)


"the state's only Republican county executive"

So, what party is Harford County Executive David Craig now?

Until anything substantial is leaked, this seems like a non-story. Weird, but a non-story.

I've listened to the audio, and it took the responding police officer a relatively long time to identify Leopold's car. The time lapse would have given him and his partner enough time to put their clothes back on, and for his partner to leave. Did the police trace the licence plates of the SUV? I hope the press does not drop this story.

Note to self: Next time I see a politician I don't like in his/her car in a parking lot, make a crank 911 call accusing them of imporpriety.

Maybe the 911 caller was a leftist and hated his Republican Executive?

Well, listen to the audio. I am sure a quick tap of the siren woudl alert someone to the police presence. And then the cop had a tough time "finding" the car after he already identified it as the County Executives.

There is some cover up and Leopold just needs to do a Phelps and come clean and let the cards fall where they may.

Voters are tired of the bullcrap. They react much more favorably to a pol that can admit his shortcomings. One that tries to hide and muscle his way out will be a one termer!

Ok There are naked 50+ people in a car at a well lit shopping mall?

Did anyone consider it would take for
middle age person to get dress and undressed in the back seat of a car.
Its could easily take a little longer than 7 minutes.

Good Grief

The county exec should be commended for interviewing county job applicants on his own time.
The county should buy him a windowless van.

Leopold will likely find pressure within his own party. 4 of the 7 Anne Arundel Councilpersons are Republican. It just so happens that all 4 of them are forbidden by term limits from running for their current seat again. Leopold's botched PR attempt opens the door for one or more of these 4 to enter the primary against him.


Leopold is hardly right-leaning. His 2006 Democratic opponent, George Johnson, was considered to be the more conservative of the two candidates.

Thanks for playing.


I sure wish I had known that when I voted. What specifically made Johnson the more conservative candidate?

I don't doubt that Leopold is relatively moderate, but if Johnson did or said anything to indicate he was more conservative, I sure don't remember it. Come to think, I don't remember Johnson saying or doing much of anything. Maybe that's why he lost.

You know, I would like to see Devin Tucker, a young, smart, African-American male, who ran for council in 2006 jump into the race. He's a Democrat but the guy was probably the smartest candidate in local politics in 2006 who didn't win. He's one to keep an eye on. Oh, and yes, the Leopold call was very strange indeed.

Do you mean the same Devin Tucker who garnered 15% of the vote in his 2006 primary?

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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