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Myers experiences a taste of celebrity

January 09, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

ANNAPOLIS - Of the 46 new delegates sworn in to the Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday, none was more famous before he even got to Annapolis than LeRoy E. Myers Jr. of Clear Spring.

People wanted to meet him. They wanted to know how he managed to defeat one of the most powerful lawmakers in Annapolis, House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr.

"It's quite overwhelming," said Myers, R-Washington/Allegany. "Beating the speaker, it's put me on like more of a fast track."

Myers walked into his freshly painted office at 8 a.m. to return some phone calls and read his mail.

About 20 family members and friends joined him at the State House and he helped them jockey for seats in the gallery overlooking the House floor.

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"This is the day he's been waiting for. I'm excited for him," said his wife, LuAnn Myers.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, LeRoy Myers and his family had their photo taken with incoming House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

"Mike said since I gave him his job I can do that," Myers joked.

Busch said he was sad that Taylor wasn't at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, but he had kind words for Myers.

"I like him. He's a nice guy," Busch said.

Republicans are holding up Myers as an example for beating Democrats statewide. His poster hangs in the window of the Maryland Republican Party headquarters office in Annapolis.

Myers said he is the same person he was a year ago when he decided to run. That was before the Maryland Court of Appeals changed the election district boundaries, pitting him against Taylor.

"I'm very grateful to be here," Myers said.

LuAnn Myers said she's going to have to get used to not having her husband at home. Tuesday night, his first night away from home, he forgot to turn off his alarm clock. It chimed as usual at 4:45 a.m.

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