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Sorry Nats fans, Franchot calls for an Orange October

The American League Eastern Division Champion Baltimore Orioles can count on the support of at least one top Maryland official.

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot Wednesday congratulated the Orioles and the Washington Nationals for clinching their respective divisions the night before but said when push comes to shove he’s backing the Birds—at least as much as he can given it’s an election year.

“It’s going to be an Orange October, trust me,” Franchot said. “None of this Red October.”

Franchot is a resident of Takoma Park—deep inside what is generally considered Nationals territory— and his chief of staff, Len Foxwell, is a pretty die-hard Nationals supporter.

But Foxwell said that his boss is a long-time Orioles fan and is sticking with the orange and black.

Despite his Baltimore Orioles leanings, the state’s tax collector said an I-95 series would be good for baseball and Maryland’s economy.

He also didn’t forget that it’s an election year.

“For my constituents that love the Nats, I will say ‘I am rooting for both teams,'” Franchot joked.