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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In June, when Cook County, Ill., elections supervisor David Orr questioned the ethics of the family of Cook County Board President John Stroger (whose illness forced him to resign but not until the family delayed long enough to discourage potential successors, so that Stroger’s son would have a better chance of winning the vacated post), a Stroger ally called Orr a “little poop butt.”
California Assembly candidate Bill Conrad admitted in May that he personally wrote the flier proclaiming that his party primary opponent, Tom Berryhill, “doesn’t have the HEART (emphasis in the original) for State Assembly” because Berryhill had a heart transplant six years ago and that “the average lifespan of a heart transplant recipient is seven years.” (Berryhill won easily.)
David Spellman was sworn in as mayor of Black Hawk, Colo., on July 12, a week after pleading guilty to two charges for pistol-whipping his wife with a handgun in 2005 (and firing three shots).
Self-described “pro-traditional family” candidate Jim Galley lost a two-man June congressional primary in San Diego, with no help from the San Diego Union Tribune’s discovery, a week before the voting, that he had had child-support payments garnisheed from his paycheck for four years and was once, for a 17-month period, simultaneously married to two women.
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