For the first time in history, Maryland's governor has decided he wants to be represented by a potato.
Chick and Ruth's Delly, the 30-year-old Annapolis institution where politics regularly mix with pastrami, will add No. 11, the "Parris N. Glendening (Healthy Choice) Baked Potato" with broccoli and cheese, to its menu Monday.
Owner Ted Levitt said the potato is a first for the deli, which has long named its specialty sandwiches after politicians. Mr. Glendening was offered the opportunity to have his name attached to any sandwich but chose the potato instead.
"We've had platters and even a Caesar salad [No. 31, The Kurt L. Schmoke], but this is the furthest thing from a sandwich," said Mr. Levitt, who plans to make the potato with low-fat cheese.
The Glendening potato replaces the William Donald Schaefer kosher hot dog with melted cheese and bologna. But fans of the former governor's sandwich need not fret. The same concoction will be available as the Leonard H. Teitelbaum, named for a freshman senator from Montgomery County.
Mr. Glendening gave considerable thought to his selection. In January, he told Mr. Levitt that he needed time to make a choice that was "healthy" and "politically correct."
The menu is experiencing its largest turnover ever because of the unusually large number of politicians who retired or were voted out of office. All can find solace in the menu's new "Delly Hall of Fame" page, where they will continue to be listed, Mr. Levitt said.
Other newcomers on the menu include the Paula Hollinger, a chicken sandwich on a kaiser roll named after the Baltimore County senator, and the Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a roast brisket with Russian dressing on rye named for the former delegate who now represents Eastern Baltimore County in Congress.
Customers who want a kosher hot dog with raw onion and relish can ask for the Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.