In case you're wondering, Peter Angelos' involvement in this year's mayoral race didn't begin or end with last week's surprising letter to the editor.
A bunch of declared challengers trooped into Angelos' office about two weeks ago. They came in separately, one day after the next, seeking campaign cash, a source tells me.
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I'm told Angelos also met recently with much-rumored-but-undeclared former Congressman Kweisi Mfume" href="http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2011/04/the_mfume_factor.html" target="_blank">Kweisi Mfume. Mfume and Angelos go way back, so perhaps we shouldn't read too much into their tete-a-tete. But this campaign could use some intrigue, so infer away!
UPDATE: I originally wrote that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was among those who turned up at Angelos' office. (By the tone of Angelos' letter, I'm guessing he wouldn't have opened his checkbook for her, though stranger things have happened. Or almost happened.)
I later heard from Colleen Martin-Lauer, the mayor's fundraiser, who said SRB had not met with Angelos in his office since Sept. 20. The mayor did stop by Angelos' box in Camden Yards on Opening Day, Martin-Lauer said. But she said SRB did not hit him up for a campaign contribution then or during the visit to his office last fall.
"There's been no ask," Martin-Lauer said.
I went back to my source, who conceded that maybe he had been confused about the timing of the mayor's visit. I regret the error.
There was a silver lining to that mistake: learning from Martin-Lauer that in the world of political fundraising, "ask" is a noun.