There were several signs in recent days that County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) is preparing to make his first official debut since pulling he pulled out of the governor's race seven weeks ago to seek treatment for depression.
First, was the return this week of his extended family's campaign blog -- "Duncans for Doug" -- which that had been inactive since the announcement on June 22. Duncan's sister Nellie Lide of Rockville writes, "Sorry we haven't posted since Doug left the race. We've been kind of down about the whole thing too."
She confides, "I'm probably going to still write-in Doug's name on primary day. Some of us have a hard time accepting reality."
On a lighter note, Lide shares for the first time the family's ersatz mock music video that is a spoof on the "Saturday Night Live" skit "Lazy Sunday," starring Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg.
The Duncan version is called "Lazy Duncans" and stars the county executive's brother Glenn Duncan and his friend, Joe Barrett, eating their way through Maryland last spring as they rhyme to a hip-hop beat wearing "Duncan for Governor" T-shirts.
Glenn -- who resembles his brother, only beefier -- raps about when "Dougie" is governor and jokes "with my look-alike mug I won't drop a dime." The stars poke a fun at Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and Duncan's former Democratic rival, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.
Standing in front of one of O'Malley's "Believe" signs, Glenn Duncan shakes his head "no" and Barrett waves his arms as if to say "no way."
Duncan does not appear in the family movie, and the blog posting discloses, "I don't think he's even seen it. Doug now supports Martin O'Malley for governor -- but in the tape we do make fun of him (after all at the time he was our brother's opponent in the primary)."
In another sign that Duncan is easing back into the public life, he has been spotted at several restaurants. There he was Monday afternoon in downtown Rockville, looking casual in a lime-green polo shirt as he lunched outside at Giuseppe's Pizza with college-age son John Duncan. On Saturday night he dined in downtown Silver Spring at Ray's: The Classics, an eagerly anticipated new restaurant.
Duncan said Monday that he has been working from his county office several hours a day, a couple of days a week. He's feeling better, he said, and he plans to have hip-replacement surgery in September.
Ann E. Marimow
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