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Masonic leaders convene in Baltimore

Masonic leaders convene in Baltimore

Rep. Charles A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger was considering running for governor of Maryland 12 years ago when an operative for a political foe approached him with a word of caution.

"Dutch, you belong to an all-white, all-male secret society. I'm giving you a heads-up that we plan to make an issue of it," he recalls the operative saying.

"Tell anybody you want," the congressman remembers replying. "The world should know more about what it means to be a Mason."

Ruppersberger, 68, told the tale Sunday as part of the opening ceremonies for the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America, an annual convention of the 500 or so...