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Criminal or no, Leopold needs to go

12:45 PM EST, January 24, 2013

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Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold is certainly an interesting human being. On one hand, he seems to be a dedicated, purpose-driven executive who gets things done. On the other hand we see a very insecure, weak man, bragging of his sexual escapades to a subordinate as he exits the rear seat of a vehicle ("'You don't tell Mr. Leopold no': officer," Jan. 23). Some would call him a monster.

Power, and the accrual of it, is a powerful, intangible elixir. How one deals with it can make or break a man. I believe it has broken Mr. Leopold, who has made it a blatant point of who is in charge of the sinister circus sometimes known as Anne Arundel County government. He apparently obtained power and was quite demanding to his underlings. The officers charged to keep him safe say they were required keep vigil while he was having a back seat sexual tryst. Others have testified that he had county employees change his catheter bag. Does that sound like someone who should be in such a powerful position in the state of Maryland?

Mr. Leopold's lawyers made a claim that technically, he did not do anything criminal. That may be true, but that does not make Mr. Leopold a poster child for shining ethics and good behavior.

The man is fueled by power, crazed, and a bit creepy. Simply put, he truly needs to go. If acquitted of criminal charges, I cannot see where he could continue in his current position, where the persistent abuse of power and sleazy ethics has been his modus operandi.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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