Skip to comments.Ehrlich decries MD4Bush praise
Posted on 12/18/2005 12:56:29 AM PST by conservative in nyc
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. criticized yesterday Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a rival in the governor's race, for praising a surreptitious Internet user who lured an Ehrlich aide into circulating rumors about the mayor's personal life.
Speaking on his bimonthly WBAL radio show, Ehrlich said MD4Bush, the screen name of an anonymous visitor to a conservative Web site, discussed rumors about O'Malley and insulted Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, and should not be applauded.
On Friday, O'Malley, a Democrat, said he wanted to thank MD4Bush for helping expose the role of an Ehrlich aide in talking about the mayor's personal life. The Internet user coaxed another freerepublic.com visitor, who used the name NCPAC, into talking about O'Malley and how rumors were being spread.
NCPAC, later revealed to be Joseph F. Steffen Jr., said that a few people worked behind the scenes to give the rumors life. The Internet exchange was later provided to a Washington Post reporter, who wrote a story about it.
Praising MD4Bush, Ehrlich said, is "weird and strange and inexplicable, and I don't get it."
The mayor "is praising a person who went on the Internet to repeat rumors that were around here for years and years and years. And don't forget: Years ago it was members of the City Council who were spreading the rumors," Ehrlich said. "The story is old. Please, mayor ... fill two minutes with your school system, with your crime rate. Do something. But no one is buying this stuff. Particularly me.
"So, message to mayor: Come out with it. If there was some operation here, a bunch of Democratic operatives got out of hand, come out with it, and we'll go on to talk about education, higher education, and jobs and the economy and the Chesapeake Bay."...
(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...
As always, this Sunpaper article was excerpted due to copyright restrictions. There is more at the link, including O'Malley's spokesman, Steve Kearney's response. Steve Kearney who worked with MD4Bush suspect Ryan O'Doherty at the Baltimore Archdiocese and tried to get Mr. O'Doherty a job at city hall. His main response: "we don't have any interest in Governor Ehrlich's whining."
They need to be off if Ehrlich is to survive politically.
So was this a suspected ploy to make FR look bad?
The gloves need to stay off!
MD4BUSH is a Maryland DemocRAT and probably an O'Malley operative. I'll bet that O'Malley knew about this thing long before it ever happened. Probably cooked the MD4BUSH stunt up at a meeting with his political staff, of which the Washington Post Maryland reporter is an ex-officio member.
The O'Malley Crowd are bad, bad people.
Yep, the gloves are off. :) The Gov said it best: Why would O'Malley even waste his time on this rumor as old as the hills in Maryland and then go public with praising this MD4BUSH for continuing to spread the rumor(s). lol.
David Nitkin grudgingly says that this was a Democrat dirty trick but still appears to fault the Governor. David Nitkin must be fuming.
In other words, this is the equivalent of Bill Clinton having one of his admirers spread a rumor that Billy has trouble keeping his pecker where it belongs, then running to his media buddies to have them accuse the vast right-wing conspiracy of dirty tricks.
Aren't all the MD4BUSH links required in this thread? LOL
Time to chill the beer and lemonade, start popping the popcorn and arranging our Lazy Boys to watch the upcoming cat fights.
Interesting that he mentioned Mikulski
It's nice to know that some of the more powerful 40ish up-and-comers are still clueless about computers. Or they think that the inexorable "toys" don't apply to them. After all, he's got a degree in "lore", don't he? ;-)
I love this, yes I do...yes I do...
The cognitive dissonance of liberals is pretty weird and strange.