J. Fife Symington III has been elected governor of Arizona in a runoff election. He is from Lutherville, and his Maryland upbringing may help him in his tough new job.
Arizona is to this era what Maryland was in a previous one -- best known nationally for high-level political high-jinks. The last elected governor was impeached, both its U.S. senators are under investigation for ethical lapses in connection with the savings and loan scandals, and seven members of the state legislature recently got caught in a televised "sting" operation involving bribes and campaign contributions. Shades of Spiro Agnew, Marvin Mandel and Danny Brewster.
Republican Symington was linked to some of the Arizona scandals by a congressional probe of savings and loans failures. He attacked his Democratic opponent for having violated state campaign finance laws. Such charges and counter-charges dominated the run-off campaign. Arizona journalists dubbed it "the campaign from Hell."