Whopper of the Week: Michael S. Steele.

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July 12 2002 4:22 PM

Whopper of the Week: Michael S. Steele

Driving Mister Kennedy.

"Michael S. Steele, the leading Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Maryland, frequently makes note of his Democratic roots. Exhibit A: A portrait of John F. Kennedy hung on the wall of his boyhood home in Petworth. Exhibit B: His stepfather was Robert F. Kennedy's chauffeur.

"Yesterday, the campaign of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Kennedy's daughter, said the latter isn't true.

"Asked to explain, Steele said his stepfather drove Kennedy exactly once.

" 'One time he came home and said something like, 'Guess who I had in the car today?'  Steele said. 'It's just one of those things that stuck in my head.' "

Lori Montgomery, "Steele Stretched Kennedy Connection,"Washington Post, July 6.

"On Monday, [Steele's stepfather John] Turner was in Annapolis for the kickoff of his stepson's campaign. Asked if he served as Kennedy's driver, Turner said no: 'That wasn't me. I drove an airport taxi.'

"But, Turner said, 'My brother drove limousines. Maybe it was him.' "

Ibid.

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