Area pols’ condiment comments generate heartburn

WASHINGTON — After D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took heat over her take on mumbo sauce, calling it “annoying,” a Maryland lawmaker issued a similar take on the Old Line state’s favorite seasoning, Old Bay.

Delegate David Moon said it was a joke. “I’m Facebook friends with Muriel Bowser, and I saw her post criticizing mumbo sauce,” he said. “I’m sitting there reading the hundreds of comments and laughing. I got the bright idea to take her exact post and just replace the words mumbo sauce with Old Bay,” just to see what would happen.

The reaction was immediate.

Moon said his fellow delegates in the Maryland General Assembly let him have it, that Del. Marc Korman texted him immediately asking “What were you thinking?” Then Korman tweeted:

Delegate Eric Luedtke tweeted:

Moon said about half the people reacting got the joke. But for others, Moon said, “I might have some explaining to do with some folks who might question my Maryland street cred.”

How does Moon really feel about Old Bay? “I love it. I grew up on Old Bay and blue crabs.” He even tweeted some humorously altered childhood photos to prove his bona fides.

Korman tweeted back:

But Kieffer Mitchell, a special adviser in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration, chimed in with a favorable reaction:

Moon said he loves Old Bay but does believe there’s a limit. He recalled sampling Old Bay-flavored ice cream in Annapolis. “Now that’s probably where I draw the line. I tried it and, uh, good luck to you if you do.”

Kate Ryan

As a member of the award-winning WTOP News, Kate is focused on state and local government. Her focus has always been on how decisions made in a council chamber or state house affect your house. She's also covered breaking news, education and more.

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