Maryland lawmaker caught in the act -- updated
Citizen journalist Frank Winstead, a resident of Ward 3 in the District of Columbia, was none too pleased at the Honda Element with Maryland House of Delegates plates parked illegally in his neighborhood on Saturday.
He snapped some photographs, and posted them on the Web site nowpublic.com. The plate bears the notation "46A," and Winstead notes that the three lawmakers who represent District 46 are Pete Hammen, Carolyn Krysiak and Brian McHale -- all Baltimore Democrats.
I profess a little confusion at how plate numbers work. It's possible that plate 46A is not from District 46 at all. (There are three delegates in each of 47 Senate districts -- it's possible, if memory serves, that plates 1 through 3 go to Senate district 1. Under that configuration, the plate belongs to a delegate in District 15. But I may be way off.)
In any event, here's a photo that Winstead snapped. Please let us know if you recognize the car (or the driver, partially visibile in one of Winstead's shots). And please let me know how the plate numbers run. I have a feeling we'll get to the bottom of this before too long.
Vehicle with House of Delegates plates illegally parked on Saturday
UPDATE: I spoke with Del. Craig Rice, who represents District 15 in Montgomery County, who confirmed that he was sitting in the car while picking up his wife. He said he called ahead to tell her he was arriving, and said he never shut the vehicle off. Rice acknowledges that he stopped the vehicle in a "no standing" area, but said he was there for perhaps a total of two minutes. He says he certainly would have moved along if a police or parking enforcement officer -- or Winstead himself -- had asked him to move.