Campaign Colors Now Fashionable

At candidates' debates, at news conferences and at fund-raisers these days, Betty Mae Kramer, "The First Lady of Montgomery County," is usually dressed in yellow and black. Her attire is not meant as a fashion statement so much as a show of support for her husband, County Executive Sidney Kramer, who is running for reelection.

Kramer's official colors, it seems, are yellow and black -- on his banners, his bumper stickers, and in his other campaign materials. It's a color scheme that Kramer has used in the past two elections. But there's no big secret behind the choice.

"It goes along with good practical politics," said Kramer. "We want to be as visible as possible and they project better on our bumper strips and our signs. Plus, we found the two colors are very pleasant."

Especially, he might add, on his wife of 40 years, who turned up at a forum in Chevy Chase Village last week in a black blouse and yellow skirt.

As for Kramer's opponent, veteran County Council member Neal Potter, green is the color to be seen in. Shining brightly from Potter bumper stickers and T-shirts, which are often decorated with a small tree, it symbolizes the commitment to green spaces and restraints on development that Potter is promoting in his campaign. -- Sue Anne Pressley

Over Easy, With Maalox

County fairs bring recollections of the golden years in America's farm heartlands, before people worried about sex and violence on the silver screen, high gas prices and cholesterol.

This week, at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, fair organizers were offering a bit of that nostalgia with a free country breakfast, featuring coffee, juice, scrambled eggs, sausage and muffins. But those modern commuters more accustomed to croissants and fruit had no worries about the effects of such a heavy breakfast; Maalox was the sponsor and had plenty of product samples on hand at the fairgrounds.

People "kid us about it," said Becky Brashear, the assistant executive director of the fair. "They say they're going to dish out the Maalox right after breakfast."

Fair organizers decided to try the breakfast promotion to draw more people into the fair early in the day, she said, and approached Maalox's manufacturer about sponsoring it.

"They have thousands of supplies to give out, so I'm sure if anybody needs some after breakfast they can grab a bottle," Brashear said. -- Lexie Verdon