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!