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Lights, Camera, Duncan!

Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan and his staff appear to be increasingly eager for the perfect photo op as Duncan's Democratic campaign for governor heats up.

At Monday's announcement of $24 million in federal funding for the Silver Spring transit center project, David Weaver, Montgomery County's director of public information, acted as if he were Duncan's personal image consultant.

Before Duncan and other elected officials showed up at the podium, a half-dozen television cameras were fixed on a backdrop of trees and train tracks.

But Weaver, who is Duncan's official spokesman for county business, orchestrated a slight shift in camera positions so Duncan could make his announcement as buses and Metro cars rolled behind him.

Tim Craig

Weaver's keen eye for a good picture was also on display last month during Duncan's capital budget announcement, which included more money for school construction.

Duncan announced his plan while standing on a bluff overlooking the site of the new Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

A few minutes before Duncan took the stage, Weaver was spotted trying to personally unscrew a dusty sign that partly obstructed part of the view of the construction equipment.

A nearby construction worker quickly came to Weaver's aid and removed the sign.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 1, 2006; 6:04 PM ET
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Who doesn't want a good photo of themselves? (I haven't found one since high school.)
If changing the background would help, we'd all do it.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 2, 2006 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Gee, I thought Duncan's whole campaign is based on the fact that he is not good-looking. Why would be care how he looked on camera, if all that was important is substance, since by his claim, he is the only one who has any.

Posted by: KR | March 2, 2006 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, Duncan has some of the worst pictures of himself on his website. That guy can't catch a break.

Posted by: JJ | March 4, 2006 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Is it asking too much to keep our eyes on the ball. Personally, I'm a little more interested in the issues than in photo shoots.

Posted by: Nancy | March 5, 2006 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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