The candidate's gone, but they've got the song

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August 11, 2006|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Two hip-hoppers cruise around town and scarf down food in a spoof music video, poking fun at rappers who pass off product placement as art. Maybe you've already seen it on YouTube.com. But no, I'm not talking about "Lazy Sunday," the Saturday Night Live short that has Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg rapping about Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and The Chronicles of Narnia. I'm talking about "Lazy Duncans." It stars relatives of Doug Duncan rapping about all the free food they'll get when "Dougy D" becomes governor. Here's a snippet from the four-minute bit, which just popped up this week on YouTube.

"Sitting on the dock like Otis Redding/ Downing some shrimp with beer-batter breading.

"Everywhere we go, we don't worry `bout the cost/ 'Cause we like food just like Hurley from Lost.

"Doug revitalized downtown Silver Spring./ Shouldn't little brother get a crunchy O [onion] ring?"

There's even a little bad-boy language: "He's a winner. I need some dinner./ He's a hit. I need free [NO BLEEP]."

And there's the requisite sexual innuendo, drawn from Duncan's roots in a family of 13. "Six kids -- no, 12. How about a baker's dozen?/ His parents was crazy, crazy on lovin'."

The Duncan campaign always had a sense of humor, churning out as many Top Ten lists as position papers. And his relatives poked fun of themselves on www.DuncansforDoug.com, promising to become a bunch of Billy Carters and Roger Clintons.

But why post a video now? Duncan dropped out of the race way back in June.

"We shot this a while ago for our family blog on our brother's campaign for governor of Maryland," reads an explanation on the site. "But then Doug left the race for personal reasons (clinical depression) and we shelved it. But now we say what the heck -- it was fun. Sorry about the cuss word, we meant to bleep it out but forgot about it and now we're too lazy to fix it."

There's another note, which gives Duncan a little political cover in case he decides to make a comeback: "Doug had nothing to do with this video. I don't think he's even seen it."

Point that thing this way

No surprise that a Web site whose slogan is "Broadcast yourself" would attract politicians, particularly those who don't have the dough to buy TV ads.

Among the other YouTubing pols out there: Kweisi Mfume. The Democrat running for the U.S. Senate goes the earnest route, talking about growing up poor and turning his life around. There are several spots from Daniel "The Wig Man" Vovak, a Republican in the Senate race. He opts for wacky. (No surprise there, since he campaigns in a curly Colonial periwig.) In one of Vovak's videos, the wig gets poofed and sprayed to the strains of Vivaldi.

And then there's Steve Fogleman, who's trying to oust Patricia Jessamy as Baltimore state's attorney. He has a spot titled "Retail Politics Aren't Always Exciting." It shows Fogleman and two volunteers standing on a street holding campaign signs and waving at cars. That's it -- for 58 seconds straight. But with Faster Pussycat's headbanging version of "You're So Vain" playing in the background, and slogans like "Crime Fighting. Not Infighting" flashing on the screen, it's more engaging than advertised.

Who's-your-daddy politics

USA Today reported this week that politics is becoming a "family business," with more relatives of past or present elected officials getting into the act. The paper found two examples of that phenomenon in a single congressional race, in Maryland's 3rd District. Two leading contenders are John Sarbanes, son of retiring U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, and Peter Beilenson, son of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Beilenson of California.

The Beilenson camp responded with a press release -- "Beilenson Rejects `Fortunate Son' Label" -- that said the dynasty thing applied only to Sarbanes, since "JP" can tap into his father's Maryland political ties.

That inspired yet another missive, from yet another 3rd District hopeful, Oz Bengur: "While Sarbanes and Beilenson argue over the blueness of their political blood lines, and which one is trading on their father's name, Oz Bengur will keep the focus on bringing home the sons and daughters of ordinary Maryland parents who are defending their country in Iraq."

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