A politician splitsA FUNNY thing happened to Anne Arundel...

Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel County

October 18, 1998|By Melody Simmons Love is in the air

A politician splits

A FUNNY thing happened to Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary on the way to the forum.

On Wednesday, Gary, chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, got up at a forum on federal transportation funding at the council's Howard Street office and said, "Let me tell you what happened to me. I just got this suit out of the cleaners and sat down and split the leg. That's what happens when you change your summer suits for fall suits."

Sure, that's right. The cleaners shrank his suit. DEL. MARY Ann Love, the incumbent Democrat in District 32, was commenting on how her colleagues feel about her campaign slogan: "Keep Love in the House."

"They're all very jealous," Love said. "They're like, 'Well, if I had your name ' I guess you could say that's the edge I have over them."

Cheryl Tan

A dogged campaign

DOGS RUN faster than middle-aged men, a phenomenon state Senate hopeful James "Ed" DeGrange discovered on a recent campaign swing through the Provinces in Severn.

That's where he found himself the target of a wide-body dog with the spots of a Dalmatian but the attitude of a pit bull. As DeGrange prepared to knock on doors, the dog broke free from the girl holding onto it. Trailing its leash, the animal ran after rTC DeGrange. The less-than-nimble, but motivated, candidate took refuge by running around a car until the girl could grab the leash. But DeGrange's relief was only temporary.

After he canvassed the block, skipping the home with the menacing dog, DeGrange was heading for the next stop when he heard a child call out behind him, "Look out!" only to see the white and black terror racing toward him again.

That's when DeGrange, faced with the aforementioned law of nature, decided to stop running from his problem. With a clipboard full of campaign literature and neighborhood lists in his hand, he hit the dog on the head.

"He stopped in his tracks and just sort of looked at me," DeGrange said, recounting the tale last week.

Both candidate and dog walked away without injury.

Tanya Jones

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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