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O'Malley Blames GOP Plot For Rumors (MD GOVERNOR'S AID FIRED FOR FREE REPUBLIC POSTS)
Washington Post ^ | 2/9/05 | Matthew Mosk

Posted on 02/08/2005 8:34:15 PM PST by crushkerry

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday accused agents of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration of spreading false rumors that he had an extramarital affair, and Ehrlich responded hours later by dismissing a longtime employee.

The mayor, a Democrat considering a bid for governor in 2006, said he believes that the widespread and persistent rumors were part of a "concerted and orchestrated and sustained" effort and called on the Republican governor to apologize to his wife and children. "I don't think any of us run for office expecting that this sort of hurt will be heaped on our kids or our spouses," O'Malley said.

Ehrlich said an apology was premature and denied any personal involvement in spreading the rumor. He then asked for and received the resignation of Joseph Steffen, a longtime aide working in state government. Steffen confirmed yesterday that he had discussed the rumor on a popular conservative Web site and in private e-mails, which were given to The Washington Post.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Free Republic; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: baltimore; baltimoremayor; buckhead; crymeariver; demslimeshine; ehrlich; fired; martinomalley; md4bush; mdgovernor; mdpolitics; ncpac; omalley; rumors; rumours; sadebaderinwa
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Read the rest which mentions FR. The Governor's Aide made the posts on FR under the screen name NCPAC.
1 posted on 02/08/2005 8:34:15 PM PST by crushkerry
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To: crushkerry; Admin Moderator

"Steffen discussed the rumors on the conservative Web site FreeRepublic.com during the summer of 2004. He posted them under the name NCPAC, a reference to one of his early employers, the National Conservative Political Action Committee."


2 posted on 02/08/2005 8:36:30 PM PST by Shermy
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To: NCPAC

ping


3 posted on 02/08/2005 8:37:26 PM PST by stainlessbanner (Don't mess with old guys wearing overhauls.)
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To: stainlessbanner

That was cool......


4 posted on 02/08/2005 8:39:16 PM PST by herewego (based on a true story)
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To: stainlessbanner

That was cool......


5 posted on 02/08/2005 8:41:13 PM PST by herewego (based on a true story)
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To: Shermy

Get the crack CBS investigative team on this... Mary Mapes, Lucy Ramirez.. Dan "bloodhound" Rather, should be available in March.


6 posted on 02/08/2005 8:41:35 PM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: herewego

bttt


7 posted on 02/08/2005 8:41:46 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: herewego

just a courtesy


8 posted on 02/08/2005 8:44:37 PM PST by stainlessbanner (Don't mess with old guys wearing overhauls.)
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To: crushkerry; Shermy
08/13/2004: Attn: MD residents - Norris & O'Malley traveling/party pals.
9 posted on 02/08/2005 8:45:59 PM PST by Constitution Day (Fire Herb Sendek!)
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To: crushkerry

BUMP


10 posted on 02/08/2005 8:46:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: crushkerry

BTTT


11 posted on 02/08/2005 8:47:07 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Not a She-Mullet.)
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Sade Baderinwa
12 posted on 02/08/2005 8:47:14 PM PST by Constitution Day (Fire Herb Sendek!)
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To: crushkerry

They even put an active link to FR in the body of the article. I haven't seen that done before. Post have it out for us?


13 posted on 02/08/2005 8:48:16 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: crushkerry; NCPAC

How in the world did they find out he was NCPAC?


14 posted on 02/08/2005 8:49:45 PM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: Constitution Day

Wow ..... she's no Monica .... VERY attractive!


15 posted on 02/08/2005 8:50:51 PM PST by JohnnyZ ("Thought I was having trouble with my adding. It's all right now." - Clint Eastwood)
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To: JohnnyZ

Quite.


16 posted on 02/08/2005 8:51:35 PM PST by Constitution Day (Fire Herb Sendek!)
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To: crushkerry
No, the history of politics in Maryland is one of avarice, greed and theft ~ not sex.

In general those guys are bloodless, sexless and don't turn your backs on them a second.

So, never believe it when someone says one of them had an extracurricular affair, or whatever. Never happens. Can't!

17 posted on 02/08/2005 8:56:56 PM PST by muawiyah ((how cynical can we sound today))
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To: ClintonBeGone

That would be nice to know, huh?


18 posted on 02/08/2005 8:59:37 PM PST by GeronL (2-7-72 is my birthday, in lieu of gifts, just send me cash)
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To: crushkerry
Congrats to Gov. Ehrlich!

It's hard to find any Republican politician nowadays who makes a habit of doing the right thing. If Gov. Ehrlich runs for the WH in 2008, he can count on my support.

19 posted on 02/08/2005 9:00:17 PM PST by MurryMom
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To: GeronL; Buckhead
That would be nice to know, huh?

Yes, just as I've always wondered how they outted Buckhead.

20 posted on 02/08/2005 9:00:29 PM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: Constitution Day

Wow

That is aCute-aiii

Not as foxy as my wife, mind you, but pretty nonetheless


21 posted on 02/08/2005 9:00:44 PM PST by freedumb2003 (We will win with the Sword Of Teamwork and the Hammer Of Not-bickering!)
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To: MurryMom

Its impossible to find a Democrat politician who does the right thing


22 posted on 02/08/2005 9:02:03 PM PST by GeronL (2-7-72 is my birthday, in lieu of gifts, just send me cash)
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To: crushkerry

Seems like I remember butting heads over something with NCPAC. Don't remember what, though...


23 posted on 02/08/2005 9:03:35 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: crushkerry

I am trying to process this, but can;t seem to get a handle.

If I read it right, then this wasn't a good moment for NCPAC or FR.

Am I missing something?


24 posted on 02/08/2005 9:04:07 PM PST by freedumb2003 (We will win with the Sword Of Teamwork and the Hammer Of Not-bickering!)
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To: MurryMom

I think he would rather have his eyes scratched out than count on your support.


25 posted on 02/08/2005 9:04:39 PM PST by doug from upland (I would trust Stevie Wonder to give me a ride before I'd trust Ted Kennedy)
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To: crushkerry

Hey, FR should get credit for its skepticism!


26 posted on 02/08/2005 9:04:59 PM PST by dangus
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To: ClintonBeGone

I don't know how Buckhead came to be outed, but I'm never surprised at who might be here on FR.


27 posted on 02/08/2005 9:05:19 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: hipaatwo; Jim Robinson
They even put an active link to FR in the body of the article. I haven't seen that done before. Post have it out for us?

Did they just post a link, or actually quote material? Maybe Jim can sue 'em for copyright violations... :)

28 posted on 02/08/2005 9:05:53 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Common Sense is an Oxymoron)
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To: ClintonBeGone
How in the world did they find out he was NCPAC?

Probably by luring him to another web site.

29 posted on 02/08/2005 9:07:35 PM PST by HAL9000 (Skype me at "FreeRepublic")
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To: crushkerry

I'm guessing that he doesn't stay unemployed long.


30 posted on 02/08/2005 9:09:30 PM PST by SmithL (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?)
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To: JohnnyZ
She's not as hot as the real Sade, though.
31 posted on 02/08/2005 9:10:28 PM PST by Constitution Day (and I don't mean the Marquis de)
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To: Constitution Day
08/13/2004: Attn: MD residents - Norris & O'Malley traveling/party pals.

Is that the post they are talking about? It wasn't NCPAC's post... The digital brown-shirts are out tonight! There must be more... No maybe they have Rather syndrome.

32 posted on 02/08/2005 9:10:34 PM PST by max_rpf
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To: max_rpf

You're right!
I searched and that's the only one I found related to this story.

Off to bed for me now.


33 posted on 02/08/2005 9:11:46 PM PST by Constitution Day (Fire Herb Sendek!)
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To: crushkerry

This is Hugh!


34 posted on 02/08/2005 9:12:16 PM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: crushkerry
Is this the story about the mayor getting some woman pregnant who was then hit by a car? The woman was ok but then transfered to New York?

If it is the same story, I heard it from my mom who lives in Maryland. I don't think she read anything about it on FR.

So, the story is out there.

35 posted on 02/08/2005 9:12:34 PM PST by Dianna
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To: Constitution Day; NCPAC

The article mentions private e-mails... How much do you want to bet they are FreepMails... Hunt down the mole!


36 posted on 02/08/2005 9:14:55 PM PST by max_rpf
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To: crushkerry

FRom Right Thinking Girl

Baltimore Mayor - The Barking Moonbat of Maryland

http://rightthinkinggirl.typepad.com/right_thinking_girl/2004/06/baltimore_mayor.html

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley spoke at a Kerry fundraiser on June 28, 2004 and said this:

"I remember after the attacks of September 11, as Mayor of the city, I was very, very worried about Al Qaeda... and still am. But I am even more worried about the actions and inactions of the Bush administration."

More worried about Bush than AQ? When was the last time Bush beheaded somebody? When was the last time that Bush flew some aircraft into buildings?

I am all for reasoned debate, but this kind of absurd statement makes me disregard everything that might come out of his mouth. O'Malley has been an abject failure as mayor over in Baltimore, as can be typified by the rash of grotesque and miserable crimes that have taken place over the past few months. There were some children beheaded recently in his city. An elderly woman who informed on drug dealers in her neighborhood was literally firebombed in her house. Baltimore, a heavily democratic city, is making waves for being one of the most violent cities in the country.

With the rhetoric the Mayor is using, I certainly hope that reasonable democrats will distance themselves from him.


37 posted on 02/08/2005 9:16:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Like you think NCPAC is going to respond.


38 posted on 02/08/2005 9:16:31 PM PST by AVNevis (You are never too young to stand up for America)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter; Forecaster; stanley windrush

ping from Bloviation Central...


39 posted on 02/08/2005 9:19:03 PM PST by IncPen
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To: ClintonBeGone; Howlin
That would be nice to know, huh?

Yes, just as I've always wondered how they outted Buckhead.

Yeah, I was wondering the same. Just how do they find out who is behind the screen names???

40 posted on 02/08/2005 9:20:49 PM PST by nutmeg (democRATs = The Party of NO)
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To: max_rpf

You're right it wasn't his post.


41 posted on 02/08/2005 9:21:06 PM PST by gidget7
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

42 posted on 02/08/2005 9:24:28 PM PST by nutmeg (democRATs = The Party of NO)
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To: MurryMom

Well, well, look who came out of lurker mode to add her usual snotty post.


43 posted on 02/08/2005 9:24:40 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: crushkerry

Gee, I didn't know that. His father-in-law is a real bonehead though.


44 posted on 02/08/2005 9:25:39 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: ClintonBeGone
Yes, just as I've always wondered how they outted Buckhead.

FYI .. the loons monitor FR all the time and sometimes brag about it on their sites

45 posted on 02/08/2005 9:28:26 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: ClintonBeGone

"How in the world did they find out he was NCPAC?"

No one can figure that out.

What can I say other than the Governor had no knowledge whatsoever of any postings on FR. For the record, I offered to resign before being asked to do so. And, no, I have not spoken directly with the Governor about any of this.

The Baltimore Sun will be running a piece on this as well on Wednesday. They called Tuesday night and were ready to pin the whole thing on the Governor, and I couldn't let that happen because it simply isn't true. The Governor had no knowledge of anything involving O'Malley or the "rumors."

Also, the Baltimore Sun has a list of FReepers they read off to me to see if I was "also" posting under those screen names. I don't remember all of them, but CrushKerry was one.

It's been one wild ride, FRiends.






46 posted on 02/08/2005 9:29:48 PM PST by NCPAC ("I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Keith in Iowa

It's on the second page of the article. FreeRepublic is blue and underlined, all you have to do is click on it.


47 posted on 02/08/2005 9:30:17 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: AVNevis



WRONG!

READ #46.


49 posted on 02/08/2005 9:33:01 PM PST by onyx ("First you look to God, then to Fox News" -- Denny Crane, Republican...lol.)
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To: crushkerry

Ehrlich said an apology was premature and denied any personal involvement in spreading the rumor.

Way to go!!! These demorats demanding apologies is getting really old. Have they never heard the term "suck it up"?


50 posted on 02/08/2005 9:34:03 PM PST by taxesareforever
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