And that’s the end of John Leopold’s gubernatorial campaign

Well before it starts, it ends

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold is at the center of what will surely rank as one of the stranger political stories of 2009. The Sun’s Julie Scharper reports in Wednesday’s paper that Arundel police plan to release a 911 tape in which a caller complains of seeing someone engaging in sexual acts in a car outside of a county mall. Police responded to the scene and found the black Chevy in question, which, it turned out, was Leopold’s county car.

A Leopold spokesman says police found the complaint to be unwarranted, and no charges were filed.

Leopold was in the car, but no word on whether anybody else was there, or what he was doing hanging out in the parking lot. Rumors about the 911 call have been spreading like wildfire in the state’s political community, so this surely won’t be the last we hear of it. Check back for updates as we get them.

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I had heard about this today, without much detail. Looks like the Sun has corroborated some of the details that I have heard. But any slim hope Leopold had of being elected Governor is gone.

Now that the papers have this story, I wonder if they will start digging a little deeper into Leopold’s background on this……


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