Skip to comments.'Prince of Darkness' is back
Posted on 07/19/2006 4:09:44 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
He was supposed to be the star witness before a committee of lawmakers examining the firing practices of the Ehrlich administration, the so-called Prince of Darkness accused of clearing out state agencies to make room for GOP loyalists.
Then Joseph F. Steffen Jr. disappeared. His cell phone went dead. A subpoena drafted earlier this year was never delivered, and the select committee that wanted to hear from him put its work on hold.
Steffen has returned to the Baltimore area and is ready to talk - to lawmakers and the news media. He never intentionally vanished, he said, but had simply taken political and business jobs out of town.
He has even resumed his life as a campaign operative in Maryland, working as a consultant to a Republican candidate for Harford County Council president, 37-year-old technology firm owner Aaron Kazi.
Kazi "is the reason I'm back in Maryland politics," Steffen told The Sun during an interview this week.
Steffen, 47, worked for Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for more than two decades, in campaigns and in Ehrlich's congressional office. Ehrlich gave him the name "Prince of Darkness," he said, a reference to his wardrobe and penchant for keeping the lights off in his office.
The nickname also described the tasks he undertook, critics say.
Ehrlich's former political opponents suspect Steffen was the architect of dirty campaign tactics. Steffen has acknowledged he has done many things he is not proud of in political campaigns, but he has refused to talk about specifics.
Last year, Steffen was pulled from the shadows and into the spotlight after he acknowledged spreading Internet rumors about the personal life of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat running for governor.
(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...
NCPAC is back in Maryland. So is the Baltimore Sun's anti-Ehrlich bias - but what else is new?
More at the link.
Dang, I hoped for a thread about Ozzy.
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Oh. Sorry. Wrong "POD".
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I wouldn't be surprised to see those rumors resurface soon with some facts to back them . . .
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