Why then? Because that's the deadline for candidates to file to run for office in Maryland this year.
Leopold's near desperate Hail Mary to get his conviction overturned has more to do with his inability to run for office than it does with his disagreement with the conviction or any public embarrassment that he was outed for his boorish behavior. John Leopold, after all, was a career politician. He has run for office in every election cycle since 1968. It's all that he has ever known, and for whatever sad reason, he feels like he has to be on the ballot in order to feel complete.