Unspun -- Del. C. William Frick
'Trying to influence outcomes quietly'
An offbeat interview with a Maryland politician
Interview by John Wagner
Name Bill Frick
Position Delegate representing District 16 in Montgomery County
Growing up, who was the sitcom character with whom you most identified?
Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties." I still identify with him, but somewhere along the line I adopted the politics of Ben 'n' Jerry.
What 1970s rock album title best describes your experience thus far in the legislature?
I've been working on difficult budget issues my whole Annapolis career. So "After the Goldrush" by Neil Young is probably most fitting.
Our Barbara Walters question: If you were a tree, what kind would you be?
A phone tree. I try to make sure that I'm in close touch with constituents and colleagues.
Have you ever voted for a Republican? If so, for whom did you vote and why?
I voted for Jon Sims to be the student member on the Board of Education in 1992. ... I have no idea if he's still a Republican.
What's your favorite possession?
I love my Flip Video recorder, because it has allowed us to capture some great moments in my kids' early years. (Frick offered us this one.)
If the Montgomery County delegation were a car, what kind would it be?
An El Camino -- businesslike as well as workmanlike.
On which television reality show would you be the most likely to excel?
I loved "The Mole" on ABC. ... A freshman delegate can be effective like the Mole -- by staying under the radar and trying to influence outcomes quietly.
Which Hall & Oates song best describes your attitude toward life?
"Family Man," off the 1982 album H2O. My wife and our Fricklets are at the top of the priority list for me.
What movie have you watched more times than any other?
Up until the last few years, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" would win. But my 3-year-old has discovered Disney, so the answer is now probably "Sleeping Beauty."
How many members of the House of Delegates will be senators in January 2011?
March 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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