Profiles in Honfest courage: practicing politics on a public street

June 13, 2011|By Laura Vozzella

Anyone with the chutzpah to run for mayor shouldn't be intimidated by a gal in a beehive hairdo and cat's-eye glasses, even if the gal in question is armed with a trademark, a litigious nature and a curious interpretation of the First Amendment.

A least a couple candidates for Baltimore mayor showed up at Honfest, despite Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting's attempted politics ban.

City Councilman Carl Stokes was brave enough not only to work the crowd, but to post a photo of himself on Facebook with a group of drag hons.

Former Councilman Jody Landers stared down the politics ban, too.

"The Jody Landers team positioned itself at the intersection of Roland and 36th for approximately two hours on Saturday," Larry Lichtenauer, pr rep for the campaign, emailed me. "The 'HON Police' stopped by once and asked what we were doing. Finding that we were not there for commercial purposes, we were allowed to shake hands and pass out some information."

Wow, sounds almost like a democracy.

I'd like to hear how Honfest went for any other pols who dared practice politics on a public street.

Let me know via email ( and I'll update this post.

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