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Another well known Baltimorean is backing the campaign of State's Attorney hopeful Gregg Bernstein, reports the Investigative Voice.

Placed prominently outside of director John Waters' Tuscany-Canterbury home is a lawn sign touting the candidacy of defense attorney Bernstein, "a firm endorsement from the man known for turning Baltimore's pathological quirkiness into a foil for the absurd," the site reported. Waters, the director known for offbeat, offensive, and often bizarre comedic cult classics such as "Female Trouble," "Polyester" and "Hairspray," has rarely if ever ventured into city politics, though this one seems more personal than political.

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"He [Bernstein] is a good friend," Waters wrote in response to an email from an IV reporter.

A controversy touched off last week when The Sun reported that Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III had placed a Bernstein campaign sign in the front yard of his Southwest Baltimore home, wading into what many say is unprecedented territory here and elsewhere for a top law enforcement official but which Bealefeld believes is necessary in order to improve public safety in the city. Incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy has called it "inappropriate" and accused Bealefeld of using his uniform to play politics.

Do endorsements mean much? Probably not. But for those of you keeping score at home, here's how it breaks down at the moment:

-Jessamy has support from much of the city's political establishment. Gov. Martin O'Malley gave a surprise vote of confidence (given their tumultuous history), and her campaign web site features endorsements from state Sens. Nathaniel McFadden, Joan Carter Conway, Catherine Pugh; Del. Talmadge Branch, and City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, among others. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown appeared at her birthday fundraiser last month.

-Bernstein has Bealefeld, Waters, Deputy Mayor Chris Thomaskutty (who we reported has a sign in the window of his home), and has formed a group of trial lawyers headed by prominent defense attorneys Warren Brown and Steve Levin.

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