Oh, brother - where art thou?


November 27, 2005|By LAURA VOZZELLA

More often than not in any tough campaign, a candidate needs to be in two or more places at once. There's a way around that seemingly unsolvable problem of political physics for the Democrat who takes on Gov. Robert Ehrlich next year, no matter if it's Martin O'Malley or Doug Duncan.

Both have look-alike brothers.

While Ehrlich is an only child, O'Malley and Duncan come from families that aren't just big, but big enough to start repeating themselves.

O'Malley is one of six. Duncan is one of 13. Each has one or more brothers who could pass for him at campaign events. Not that they have. But could it come to that if the race is close and the Dems need more meeting-and-greeting than one man can possibly do?

Peter O'Malley could play Martin. Glenn and Jimmy Duncan (and maybe Bruce, in a pinch) could play Doug.

Of course, there are risks to letting siblings into the act. Duncan himself raises the specter of Billy Carter and Roger Clinton on www.duncansfordoug.com, the family branch of his campaign Web site.

"I am often mistaken for Doug when going about my daily life, whether it be at my children's sporting events, shopping or dining in Bethesda," Glenn Duncan writes on the site, under a photo of President Carter's brother swilling Billy Beer.

"My brother cares deeply about your concerns of traffic, taxes, gambling, gang warfare, speed bumps, snow removal and leaf sucking," Glenn continues. "I do not. While my brother is paid to represent you, I am not. Once I inform you that I am not Doug, which I usually do, please smile awkwardly and go about your business. I may tell you I will forward your concern to Doug but I am lying. In fact, most of the time I am not listening to you at all. In fact, I don't even keep current on local political issues. ... All you need to know is I support my brother in anything he does. Now beat it."

High-rise, low temperatures

For Sale: Distinctive pentagonal skyscraper in prime waterfront location. Needs work.

The HVAC system at the World Trade Center is a fixer-upper - at least it was last week, as cold weather blew into the area.

How cold was it? Depends on where you were in the tower, which the state owns but is trying to sell.

Workers were wearing coats and bringing in space heaters on the second floor, where executive recruiter Heather Crouch works.

"I took off my jacket to come outside," she said during a smoke break the other day. "The temperature in the building is a nightmare."

Way up on the 19th floor, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration wasn't even aware there was a problem. Heat rises, after all.

"My room is really quite comfortable," said J.B. Hanson. He looked into the matter and later reported: "Apparently, there's something wrong with the thermal regulator."

"There are not icicles in the building," he added. "I went down to the 16th floor. It was cool, but it wasn't something where you had to be blowing on your hands to work on the computer."

Bundle up, emptor.

Sportswriter takes pass on Cardin book

And you thought your plate was full this Thanksgiving

John Feinstein, master of the behind-the-scenes sports book, figured there'd be a tale worth telling in Maryland's 2006 U.S. Senate race.

He asked Ben Cardin for access to the inner workings of his campaign, and planned to seek the same from the other candidates. But that's as far as Feinstein got. Too many other books got in the way.

He's been busy promoting Next Man Up, his book on the Ravens; wrapping up another on the Final Four, which is due out in March; finishing his second children's book, which comes out in August; and researching a golf book.

"It just seemed like too much," Feinstein, who's also an NPR commentator, told me the other day. "If it was all I had to do, I think it would have been a great project."

He blows up real good

This is for anyone with a soft spot for holiday inflatables, especially in otherwise stuffy spaces: Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre Co. performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra next month.

Billed as a "pneumatic wizard," Garbo combines dance, juggling, physical comedy - and giant blow-up props. It's part of the BSO's Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 16-22. Info: (410) 783-8000.

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