Inside, the candidates had finished the slow lifting of their heads from prayer, and it was time for Carol O'Mealy's opening statement. She was wearing a red suit, red lipstick and enough mascara and eye shadow for many young Goth enthusiasts. When she took a breath and raised her chin, about to speak, she looked eerily like the "Like a Virgin"-era Madonna, which was the effect her makeup artist, a Texan named Houston Alamo, was hoping for. Houston Alamo, whose real name was Dallas Alamo, was raised by Mormons and had been in the Navy. Carol O'Mealy only worked with men who had been in the Navy.