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Philip C Jimeno
Leopold hopes his record can help him overcome scandal
Leopold hopes his record can help him overcome scandal

Sitting at a table in a school cafeteria in Severna Park, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold didn't look like a politician under siege as he spoke to residents for hours on a recent evening. Leopold nodded agreeably when a pair of longtime supporters bemoaned a planned town house development, offered sage advice to a mother on how to effectively advocate for a school construction project, and with a trademark dose of self-promotion, boasted about not taking a pay raise. Only one person made reference to his indictment less than a week earlier on charges that he directed his taxpayer-funded security detail to perform personal and campaign errands and to arrange frequent...

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