Rounding Up The Usual Suspects

The trouble with the race for mayor is that one of the candidates is going to win

For the citizens of beleaguered Baltimore, channel surfing this season is an exercise in confusion. Is that the mayoral debate or America's Most Wanted? Of the 27 original candidates for mayor, six have criminal-arrest records, three have filed for bankruptcy, and one is a convict. Last month Dorothy Jennings, who entered the race on the strength of her claim to be "a churchgoer with 30 years experience in education," was spotted by the police during a televised forum and hauled in to face a burglary rap. (A trial is set for December.)

The question is not why these people are running...

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