Unspun -- Kris Valderrama
"I figured I could play a part"
An offbeat interview with a Maryland politician
Interview by John Wagner
To which 1970s sitcom character do you best relate?
Are you serious? Does "The Brady Bunch" count? I think I'm going to go with Marcia. ... She always wanted to do good, and she cared about her school and the community.
What's atop your reading pile?
I have the Barack Obama book, "The Audacity of Hope." I haven't really made a dent in it since we started here.
What's your favorite board game?
I don't play many board games. Scrabble -- though I do like Monopoly. You know, change that. I recently played Trivial Pursuit.
What do you do to relax?
I listen to the radio. ... I spend fun time with my kids, though sometimes they drive me crazy.
What's the last song you downloaded to your ipod?
My husband just recently downloaded some songs for me. The most recent one was the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys song. ... That, and "The Hustle." It's disco.
What's your favorite sports team?
I don't have one. ... I like to root for the underdog.
Growing up, what TV show did you never miss?
I love TV. But if there's one, I'd say "The Facts of Life." I guess because they tried to portray real-life, school girl situations.
What's your favorite drink?
My favorite drink is a martini, but there are different kinds. I like the pear martini at PING.
How did you get into politics?
My father was a legislator before me. ... When he as elected, he was the first Filipino-American elected to a state legislature on the mainland. ... It was a big deal. ... My dad was really into politics, and still is. You can only imagine how excited he was when I said I was going into it. ... I figured I could play a part.
January 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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