Everybody - from the Friend of Bob who claims to have the inside scoop to the guy who swears he knows a guy who knows a printer who was making Ehrlich-Cox campaign signs the other day - seems to think Robert Ehrlich is about to make Kristen Cox his running mate. Let's leave aside for the moment her obvious appeal as a young, attractive, accomplished working mom, one who also happens to be legally blind. Consider instead what else Cox would bring to the ticket: street cred. How's that possible, you might ask, with a lady from Utah? Enter her equally Utah husband, who also happens to be a big break-dancer.
"For those lacking in hip-hop culture, I will explain some of the basics of breakin'," E. Randy Cox wrote in an essay on the topic. "The most difficult aspect of breakin' is not learning how to balance and spin around on one's back, hands, or head. It isn't even learning how to move one's arms and torso in such a way as to look as though a wave of electricity has just passed through one's body. The hardest part of breakin' is being unique - doing something that hasn't been done before. In fact, the highest compliment one breaker can pay to another is to say that he or she was 'fresh,' meaning that he or she had done something new."
Cox wrote the essay years ago, shortly after his wife was named president of the Utah chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Posted on the organization's Web site, the piece used breakin' to illustrate larger life lessons in "creativity, initiative and leadership."
The break-dancing bug apparently bit Cox when he was a teen. The pastime would "consume several hours of each day when I was in junior high and high school," he wrote. "When I was breakin' regularly, my specials were the back spin, the hand spin, 'combat uprockin',' and 'pop-lockin'.'"
His courage and agility started failing him, and his dancing dropped off, he wrote. But Randy Cox - who is not visually impaired - continued to perform in dance contests at NFB conventions, which he attended with his wife. (Dance contests at conventions for the blind, you ask? An NFB official says the blind enjoy dancing as much as anyone else.)
Let's hope this b-boy dusts off his dancing shoes and turns the staid business of politics into something really fresh. How about an "American Idol-ish" contest: Randy Cox vs. O'Malley's March.
More signs of the times
Just so we don't get ahead of ourselves, the guy who swears he knows a guy who knows the printer making Ehrlich-Cox campaign signs also swears the printer was, at the same time, making Ehrlich-Kane signs. As in Mary Kane, the secretary of state and wife of state GOP Chairman John Kane. Indecision? Smokescreen? Everybody involved is mum.
Got that 'Wow!' commodity
I hate to be so E. Randy Cox-centric, but if his wife turns out NOT to be the governor's pick, all this stuff will go to waste. So I'll give you everything I've got, which is a lot, thanks to erandycox.com - the freelance business analyst/IT project manager's personal/professional Web site, which will surely be shut down if The Wife gets picked by The Guv.
On the "Current Projects as of 6/26/2006" page: "Beginning a new workout routine. Getting acclimated to my new job. Landscaping my yard. Completing the remodeling of my kitchen." Hmm. No mention of "Grooming my wife to become Maryland's next LG."
On the "Professional Philosophy" page: "The standard for value-added is 'Wow!'" And "Today's 'Wow!' is tomorrow's commodity.'" (Click on "Wow" and you're linked to Tom Peters' latest on Amazon.)
You can also find his resume, which lists IT work for the Washington Redskins. How's that gonna play with Ravens fans?
And there's a list of favorite magazines, which includes Men's Health. (No wonder, since rival Men's Fitness made that mock-up with muscle-shirted Martin O'Malley on the cover.)
Just don't ask her to walk away
State Senate President Mike Miller showed up the other day at a golf outing/fundraiser for a Del. Catherine Pugh, who is running for Senate in District 40. A spy tells me that as some of the city's business leaders prepared to tee off for a wet afternoon on the Forest Park links, Miller told them he usually doesn't get involved in primary races - she faces Councilwoman Belinda Conaway and Del. Salima Marriott - but he really believes Pugh has the dignity, education and temperament for the job. Then, my spy says he added, "And fellas, she's not bad to look at either, am I right?" Cheers all around from the mostly male group.
Asked about it yesterday, Miller laughed and said he was just trying to lighten things up for the soggy golfers. "It wasn't meant as a sexist comment," he said. "We were just trying to cheer people up."