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It's dangerous to run out of things to say on the radio.

It was maybe my third or fourth year in office, and I was doing a radio interview about Halloween. The reporter pitched me a softball question: Did I do anything special for the kids?

Well, no, I really didn't, but as a good politician I just blurted out the first thing that came to mind. "Sure!" I said. "We hand out full-size Snickers bars!"

Then I went to a meeting.

About an hour later I was called out of the meeting to take a phone call from my wife. "I heard you're giving out full size candy bars tonight," she said.

"Huh?" I replied slyly.

"It's all over the radio. Everybody's talking about it. We don't have any full-size candy bars. I have bags of the 'fun' size."

Well, first off, I have never understood the "fun" size. It's like the small bars are for "fun" while the full size bars are "deadly, seriously, do I look like I'm joking, don't mess with me" candy bars?

I excused myself from my meeting. I don't know. We were deciding on the tax levy or something.

I asked my staff who among them might belong to Sam's Club. Lisa Olmsted did. So we ran out there and bought three boxes of full size Snickers bars. I felt it was an over reaction but as I recall it may have also been an election year.

Then I got home and the kids started to show up. In a typical year we'd get maybe 40 or 50 kids. I stopped counting at 100. Our neighbor came over in a panic. "Do you guys have extra candy?" she asked. "Where did all these kids come from???"

"Beats me," I said. And we did have extra candy. The fun size.

Happy Halloween, kids!

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