GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ)– Political problems in Anne Arundel County. A sex scandal involving County Executive John Leopold leaves local lawmakers in a tough spot.

Derek Valcourt has more on what residents are saying about the allegations.

County residents are paying attention, and many say they are not impressed with what’s happening.

Embattled County Executive John Leopold faces criticism from voters after a criminal indictment alleges he used the officers assigned to protect him for personal errands and not official county business. Leopold insists those charges are not true.

“I’m very confident when all of the relevant facts are known, that we will prevail,” he said.

Leopold’s latest troubles come amid other political problems in Anne Arundel County. Earlier this year, one council member was removed from office as he heads to prison for tax evasion. Councilman Dick Ladd recently apologized for using a racial slur aimed at Asians.

“I say what I think. I try to do it as carefully as I can. Sometimes, I clearly don’t,” Ladd explained.

“I think Anne Arundel County does have a lot of problems,” one resident said.

That leaves many in the county with real questions, and in some cases, downright disdain for their political leaders.

“It’s disappointing to say the least,” another resident said.

“These people who run for politics should be more careful about what they do,” said another.

Valcourt: “Do you have any faith right now in your county government?”
Anne Arundel County Resident: “Not really.”
Valcourt: “What about the county executive?”
Anne Arundel County Resident: “No, that’s horrible. That’s a terrible abuse of power.”

Leopold faces five criminal charges, including four counts of misconduct in office. His first court hearing is scheduled for March 26.

Comments (11)
  1. JackDaniels says:

    All politicians are dirt-balls………………anyone that says they want to serve in a political position to help others is full of B.S.!!!!!!!!

    They’re only doing it to further their careers as professional politicians…………..if they really wanted to “HELP” others then they’d have no objection to term limits for all elected officials……..they’d serve a couple of terms and then go back to a “REAL” job…………….but, that’s not how it is…………Mike Miller in the State Legislature since dinosaurs roamed the earth and that troll Mikulski in the U.S. Senate……….they should all be fired!!!!!!

    1. Larry26 says:

      I agree with you 100%. My Grandfather, may he rest in peace, always said if a man was honest when he went into politics, that he was crooked as a snake when he came out.

  2. Terrance says:

    He’s just a mean prick.

  3. tylerjake says:

    Anne Arundel County is no different from any other corrupt network of power throughout this state. Look at what the PG county executive was caught doing! However, voters will continue to vote for these people and then complain at the same time!

  4. Terrance says:

    A.A. county & smug Severna Park etc are all Republican strongholds. These elitists driving their monster SUV’s suc big time & are arrogant a-holes. The Dumbocarats are no better from Pasadena / Glen Dirty. The answer? Every man for himself, socialism or anarchy.

  5. Larry26 says:

    We need a clear sweep of career politicians and set term limits so that we can try and ensure that they will be working for us.

  6. Ricci Admans says:

    Why is everyone talking about term limits. They have to get relected. This means that idiots are going to the polls and putting people in Office. Leopold may be a dirt ball; but he does a decent job as county executive. Need we forget the mess Ms. Owens got the county into, before she pursued trying to become Comptroller. Her fight for Comptroller and Schaffer’s antics outside of Office cost him his position. Schaffer is another creep; however, he did a good job as Comptroller (unlike the curent one who has his eyes on the Governors Seat)!

  7. GAMMEE07 says:

    Unbelievable, county workers have 12 furloughs a year for the past 2 years and he is having sex in parking lots. Way to go!!!! Glad he has his priorities straight. I can not wait to get out of this state!!!

  8. Benton Heights says:

    We have a former Governor, whoes driver ran down a pedestrian, while returning the Governor from a tryst. We have a Mayor that knocked up a TV announcer. We have a DC mayor caught on film smoking dope, get reelected. We have a ex president caught getting a B-job in the Oval Office. MD has the finest politiacians money can buy!!!!

    1. Ricci Adams says:

      Benton – how many of the individuals you reference are from Maryland?

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