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  • Holmes's mother suggests ABC News mischaracterized her statement

    07/23/2012 3:43:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 100 replies
    Politico ^ | July 23, 2012 | DYLAN BYERS
    Arlene Holmes, the mother of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, has suggested that ABC News mischaracterized her when it reported that her initial statement to the reporter, "you have the right person," was a reference to her son. "This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter by ABC on July 20 about 5:45 in the morning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time," Holmes said in a statement this afternoon, read to the national press by attorney Lisa Damiani. "He asked...
  • Mother of James Holmes Says She Didn’t Tell ABC Her Son Was the Killer [Updated](ABC lies AGAIN)

    07/23/2012 5:47:39 PM PDT · by madison10 · 54 replies
    New York Daily Mag ^ | July 23, 2012 | Joe Carscarelli
    During the chaotic aftermath of the Colorado shooting on Friday, a particularly chilling moment came when ABC News spoke to the mother of suspect James Holmes by phone. The network reported that the woman, reached in California, "told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, 'You have the right person.'" The article also said that Holmes's mother was "apparently speaking on gut instinct" when she "immediately expressed concern her son may be involved in the shooting death of at least 12 people overnight." Today, she disputed that account, claiming her quotes were misused. If true, that would...
  • FR Exclusive- Possible "Journolist" activism hit here

    07/22/2010 7:49:27 PM PDT · by mnehring · 50 replies · 2+ views
    Vanity- FR
    <p>The year was 2004 and the campaign season was in full swing. In October, a Freeper who goes by the handle of MD4Bush began making posts on Free Republic urging Republicans to "play dirty" in the 2004 election.</p> <p>Scandal ensued as it was discovered that MD4Bush was actually a Democrat operative and assistant to Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. But this story isn’t about Ryan O'Doherty, MD4Bush’s Clark Kent. If you want to read that story, click here.</p>
  • Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book (as did Hillary Clinton with Living History)

    02/01/2010 2:22:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies · 1,272+ views
    ABC News ^ | Monday, February 1, 2010 | Matthew Mosk of MD4Bush Infamy
    Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, "Going Rogue," in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show.The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had her political organization spend more than $63,000 on what her reports describe as "books for fundraising donor fulfillment." The payments went to Harper Collins, her publisher, and in some instances to HSP Direct, a Virginia-based direct mail fundraising firm that serves a number of well-known conservative politicians and pundits. Sarah PAC spent another $8,000...
  • An Attack That Came Out of the Ether

    06/28/2008 7:59:39 AM PDT · by plangent · 378 replies · 4,179+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2008 | Matthew Mosk
    The e-mail landed in Danielle Allen's queue one winter morning as she was studying in her office at the Institute for Advanced Study, the renowned haven for some of the nation's most brilliant minds. The missive began: "THIS DEFINITELY WARRANTS LOOKING INTO."
  • About the Washington Post Hit Piece on Free Republic Today

    06/28/2008 10:36:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 513 replies · 2,355+ views
    Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Kristinn
    The Washington Post published an article today in the Style section about researcher Danielle Allen's efforts to track down who is behind allegations that presumed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (Illinois) is a Muslim. Allen is an Obama supporter who works for the Institute for Advanced Study.The article was written by Matthew Mosk. A curious choice for The Post considering Mosk's involvement in the nefarious MD4Bush scandal in which Mosk claimed to have been given access to a Free Republic poster's account to expose a Maryland GOP government appointee who was alleged to have commented on rumors that...
  • MD4BUSH re-incarnate: im4fred re-incarnate tries to disrupt Freerepublic.com

    11/17/2007 4:18:26 AM PST · by topher · 36 replies · 136+ views
    November 17, 2007 | Vanity
    Jim Robinson has created such powerful software for his site that evil and wicked people have found kinks in the armour to try to cause problems to this site. One such kink in the armour is spamming via FreepMail. Ol' Jim Rob forgot to program FreepMail with the: IF (newbie) AND (Spam Detected) AND (receipients more than 5000) THEN (ban poster forever) !!! With Extreme Prejudice!!! It is understandable that Ol' Jim Rob might have a minor oversight now and then like that. But nobody perfect (though Jim Robinson is somebody I wish I could have been). However, someone in...
  • Mama, who was that masked man? [MD4Bush]

    07/18/2007 3:29:10 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 3 replies · 670+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 18, 2007 | Laura Vozzella
    Maybe Maryland Dems should put MD4BUSH back to work. The state party seems to have lost the art of political cyber-sleuthing. Last week, the party sent out a long news release that opened with this claim: "Evidence is mounting that former Governor Bob Ehrlich and his new North Carolina law firm's Maryland-based staff are the driving forces behind a totally anonymous and controversial smear website." Later in the release, the party referred to "the confirmed connection" between Team Ehrlich at Womble Carlyle and the site, www.omalleywatch.com
  • Showdown, Election 2006 (MD Governor Mentions FR in Local Magazine [MD4Bush Alert]

    08/30/2006 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Crouching Intern Stolen Sofa · 16 replies · 1,477+ views
    Baltimore SmartCEO ^ | September 01, 2006 | David Callahan
    [EXCERPT]: Baltimore Mayor MARTIN O'MALLEY: CEO: Speaking of police, when you entered the Mayor’s office, crime was your top issue. In the first half of your tenure, things went pretty well, but then you experienced a lot of upheaval with your police commissioners. You’ve got one ex-commissioner hosting a radio show where he’s routinely not being very nice to you and another ex-commissioner is suing to get his old job back, saying he was wrongly terminated. Why has there been such a problem managing that position? What’s been going wrong? MO: You know, I wish the appointments that I make...
  • Steffen testimony sought again

    08/25/2006 5:46:03 AM PDT · by RebelBanker · 5 replies · 288+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 25, 2006 | Jennifer Skalka
    The legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personnel practices filed a petition in Harford County Circuit Court this week to compel former gubernatorial aide Joseph F. Steffen to testify. Again. - snip - The committee has spent the past year evaluating whether administration officials fired longtime state workers because they were Democrats. Republicans say the investigation amounts to an election-year smear campaign against the governor.
  • Steffen [FReeper NCPAC] testimony 'conflicting,' lawmakers say (NCPAC/MD4Bush)

    08/09/2006 5:20:53 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 10 replies · 798+ views
    AP via Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/9/06 | Tom Stuckey
    Joseph Steffen made his long-awaited appearance before a legislative investigative committee today, outlining the role he played in the firing of state employees by the Ehrlich administration and giving testimony that at times seemed to conflict with testimony given earlier by other administration witnesses. "We've got some conflicting testimony here. If witnesses testify under oath and are not telling the truth, it's perjury," said Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton, D-Charles, co-chairman of the special legislative committee. --Snip-- Steffen, the self-described "Prince of Darkness" and the key figure in a bitter political dispute over the firing of state employees after Ehrlich was...
  • (FReeper) Steffen ordered to testify in Ehrlich firing probe (NCPAC/MD4Bush)

    08/08/2006 12:08:09 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 18 replies · 901+ views
    Joseph Steffen, a former aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., was rebuffed today in his bid to avoid testifying before lawmakers about firing practices. Steffen, who called himself the "Prince of Darkness," is a key witness for Democratic lawmakers who want to know if Ehrlich used Steffen to improperly fire Democrats working for the state. Steffen no longer works for Ehrlich, and he argued that the legislative panel should have no power to subpoena witnesses. Harford County Circuit Court Judge Maurice Baldwin rejected Steffen's motion today. The former aide was subpoenaed to address the panel on Wednesday. A lawyer...
  • Ex-GOP aide Steffen seeks to quash subpoena (NCPAC/MD4Bush)

    08/08/2006 11:46:01 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 15 replies · 606+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 08/07/06 | Jennifer Skalka
    Former Republican aide Joseph F. Steffen Jr., the so-called "Prince of Darkness" who gained notoriety for his role in the firing of state employees perceived as disloyal to the governor, filed a motion in Harford County Circuit Court Monday to quash a subpoena calling him to testify about his work for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Steffen was scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Annapolis before the special committee investigating whether state workers were fired for being Democrats, according to court documents filed by his attorney. But the attorney, George S. Robinson IV, contended in his filing that...
  • Former top cop points finger (MD4Bush)

    07/26/2006 11:15:52 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 12 replies · 1,337+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/27/06 | S.A. Miller
    A former police commissioner suing the city says he can implicate an associate of Mayor Martin O'Malley in a 2004 plot that entrapped Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration in a rumor-mongering scandal. Kevin P. Clark, who is suing over being fired in November 2004, says he lost his job, in part because a police probe of a city-owned laptop stolen from Baltimore Labor Commissioner Sean R. Malone threatened to expose Mr. Malone's link to the scandal. "We received information ... that there was information on the computer regarding a group called MD4Bush," said Neal M. Janey Sr., a lawyer...
  • Laptop Might Hold Key To Commissioner's Firing [MD4BUSH Lives!]

    07/26/2006 8:44:22 AM PDT · by ILLUMINATI_216 · 39 replies · 5,150+ views
    WBAL TV Channel 11 Baltimore, MD ^ | July 25, 2006 | WBAL TV
    BALTIMORE -- Former Baltimore City police commissioner Kevin Clark's lawyers claimed a city-owned laptop computer may hold the key to why their client was fired. WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller said that same computer may answer the riddle surrounding a political dirty tricks mystery as well. Miller reported the computer in question was stolen just weeks before Clark was fired Nov. 2004, and what it may have contained explains why Clark was tossed out as police commissioner. Miller reported with Clark's lawsuit against the city now revived, his lawyers have delivered a letter to city hall...
  • 'Prince of Darkness' is back

    07/19/2006 4:09:44 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 8 replies · 783+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/12/06 | Justin Fenton
    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...
  • Duncan To Drop Out Of Governor's Race

    06/22/2006 9:41:40 AM PDT · by RebelBanker · 22 replies · 1,041+ views
    WBAL Radio ^ | 6/22/2006 | ?
    WBAL News has learned that Doug Duncan is dropping out of the governor's race. The Montgomery County executive has called a 2pm news conference to talk about the future of his campaign. Multiple sources tell WBAL he will announce he is withdrawing from the race, and will say his decision is based on health concerns.
  • Where is Joe Steffen, the 'Prince of Darkness'? [a.k.a. FReeper NCPAC]

    05/27/2006 7:58:05 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 9 replies · 1,112+ views
    The (Annapolis) Capital ^ | 5/27/06 | DAVID ABRAMS
    He wore a black trench coat, called himself the "Prince of Darkness," and proudly mounted a Grim Reaper figurine on his desk. Then he went from state agency to state agency marking Democrats for firing. He's Joseph F. Steffen Jr., who spawned a year-long, $1 million investigation of what he was doing in state government. He came into Maryland politics with a bang, and has exited like a dark shadowy figure of old mystery radio shows. Now, just about every political junkie in Annapolis is asking the same question: "Where in the world is Joe Steffen?" A special committee that...
  • O'Malley Shakes Up Campaign Staff (MD4Bush)

    05/24/2006 1:44:48 PM PDT · by StAnDeliver · 11 replies · 952+ views
    Baltimore Business Journal ^ | May 22, 2006 | Heather Harlan
    O'Malley shakes up campaign staff Baltimore Business Journal - 3:46 PM EDT Monday by Heather Harlan StaffBaltimore City Mayor Martin O'Malley has replaced his campaign manager and appointed three political strategists, including his brother, in his quest to become Maryland's next governor. O'Malley, a Democrat, named Josh White as campaign manager, sending Jonathan Epstein packing. White, who joined the O'Malley campaign as deputy campaign manager for political outreach in March, is the former head of the Maryland Democratic Party. The campaign also announced the additions of Lucie Snodgrass, former director of governmental and community relations for Harford County, and Peter...
  • Ehrlich aide denies firing allegations

    05/23/2006 7:01:25 PM PDT · by evad · 9 replies · 381+ views
    Annapolis Capital ^ | May 23, 2006 | AP
    Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s chief appointments officer vigorously denied allegations yesterday that the administration booted Democrats out of state positions so they could be replaced with Republicans and Ehrlich loyalists. “Not a single person can ever say, ‘I was fired because I’m a Democrat,”’ said Lawrence J. Hogan, who heads the governor’s appointments office. Mr. Hogan also denied that Joseph Steffen, the self-described “Prince of Darkness” and a central figure in the probe of the administration’s hiring and firing practices, was sent into state agencies to ferret out employees who could be fired. He said Mr. Steffen’s role was...
  • Star Witness Is a No-Show In Investigation of Firings (FReeper NCPAC)

    05/11/2006 9:48:22 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 10 replies · 746+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/12/06 | Matthew Mosk
    For the Maryland lawmakers who have spent eight months investigating why so many state employees were fired by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration, yesterday was supposed to be the big day. After more than 20 witnesses subpoenaed, sworn and grilled, it was time for the main event. Time to get back to where it all started. Time to hear from Joe Steffen. "I half expected him to burst in the hearing room in dramatic fashion, wearing a cape or something," said Ward B. Coe III, the special counsel hired last year to conduct the probe. But the man who...
  • 'Prince of Darkness' Sought (Freeper NCPAC)

    05/11/2006 12:16:40 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 3 replies · 555+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/11/06 | John Wagner and Matthew Mosk
    The Maryland legislative committee investigating the administration's termination of dozens of longtime state workers plans to hear from key witnesses today, including Public Service Commission Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler. Lawmakers had hoped the star witness of the day would be Joseph Steffen, the former Ehrlich political aide who called himself "the Prince of Darkness" and, according to testimony thus far, had compiled lists of people to fire. After months of staying in touch with Steffen, and a series of interviews, the legislature's chief investigator, Ward Coe, now says he can't locate Steffen. Last week, Coe hired a process server to...
  • Chesek Was Hatchet Man, Staffer Says

    05/06/2006 1:14:11 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/5/06 | Ray Rivera
    He called himself "Al Qaeda" and told an employee he was sent to the Maryland Public Service Commission to thin the regulatory agency's ranks and bring in friends of the governor's administration, the agency's former spokeswoman said yesterday. Craig Chesek, who became the PSC's chief of staff in 2003, helped create an agency better suited to represent utilities than consumers, Chrys Wilson told a special legislative committee investigating the hiring and firing practices of Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. --Snip-- The highlight of the probe was expected at the next meeting with the testimony of Joseph Steffen, the former...
  • Hiring-firing committee extends investigation to mid June

    03/31/2006 9:22:13 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 3 replies · 327+ views
    The Gazette (Maryland) ^ | 3/31/06 | Thomas Dennison
    The 12-member legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s personnel practices voted Friday to extend its work until mid June as its special counsel vowed to issue more subpoenas. The Special Committee on Employee Rights and Protections — after months of dormancy — met Friday morning to decide its next steps in probing the hiring and firing decisions made by the Ehrlich administration. The panel met in closed session where its legal counsel, Ward B. Coe III, discussed his on-going efforts in obtaining personnel documents from the Ehrlich administration via speaker phone. Democratic members said that the administration has...
  • Pennsylvania seizes paper's computer hard disks

    03/15/2006 6:19:35 AM PST · by Izzy Dunne · 16 replies · 1,066+ views
    PHILLY.com ^ | John Shiffman
    The Attorney General's Office says they may show evidence of a felony: unauthorized use of a restricted Web site. By John Shiffman Inquirer Staff Writer In an unusual and little-known case, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has seized four computer hard drives from a Lancaster newspaper as part of a statewide grand-jury investigation into leaks to reporters.The dispute pits the government's desire to solve an alleged felony - computer hacking - against the news media's fear that taking the computers circumvents the First Amendment and the state Shield Law.The state Supreme Court declined last week to take the case, allowing...
  • He can't hide, and he won't run (NCPAC)

    02/08/2006 12:48:18 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 8 replies · 594+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/8/06 | Laura Vozzella
    Call him Prince of Darkness. Darth Vader. Or, if you want to get on his good side, the Angel Moroni. Just don't call him candidate for governor. Joe Steffen's not running. "I really have decided not to run," Steffen told me yesterday. "The main reason is, most people thought I was doing it just to be vindictive - to be a jerk or be vindictive. I have no personal animosity toward anybody. I didn't want it to come across looking like I did." Is this the same Joe Steffen who cultivated a foreboding image as an Ehrlich administration aide, one...
  • David Nitkin on state politics issues: (BaltSun Political Editor answers questions on MD4Bush)

    02/06/2006 12:04:28 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 7 replies · 432+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/06/06 | David Nitkin
    --Snip-- Nitkin: These questions most frequently come from within the Republican Party of Maryland. The state Republican Party is offering the theory that the former executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, Josh White, left his post because of some connection to MD4Bush, the Internet identity of a person or persons who engaged former gubernatorial aide Joseph F. Steffen Jr. into talking about how rumors about Martin O'Malley's personal life had been spread. There's no evidence to back this up. White may have landed a new position, but he has not yet confirmed for us his new employer. Ryan O'Doherty...
  • Committee Hears From More Fired Employees (MD4Bush)

    01/30/2006 8:45:51 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 6 replies · 812+ views
    AP via WJZ-TV ^ | 1/30/06 | TOM STUCKEY
    A special legislative committee heard testimony Monday from three more workers who lost their jobs after Gov. Robert Ehrlich took office in 2003, including one woman who was fired from two jobs, the second time while recovering from eye surgery. Susan Fernandez testified that as a high-level employee in the Department of Human Resources, she was not surprised when told she would be replaced as assistant secretary by the new administration and quickly lined up a new state job at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Just a month after starting the new job, she said she was told by a...
  • Subpoenas to Be Issued in Md. Firing Probe (MD4Bush)

    01/21/2006 1:24:05 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 20 replies · 2,785+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/21/06 | Ray Rivera
    Frustrated by the Ehrlich administration's refusal to turn over key personnel information, a legislative committee investigating the governor's hiring and firing practices authorized its special counsel yesterday to subpoena documents and to take the administration to court if it refuses to give them up. The administration has handed over thousands of pages of documents, but missing are e-mails and other papers that might show the extent to which Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. considered politics in his personnel decisions, said House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), the special committee's co-chairman. "We would be finished with this if they...
  • Ehrlich probe panel to miss deadline again

    01/10/2006 11:33:03 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 4 replies · 399+ views
    AP via Washington Times ^ | 1/11/06 | Kristen Wyatt
    A legislative inquiry into the firing practices of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. likely will be delayed again. A panel of lawmakers probing whether the Republican governor unfairly fired Democratic state employees was supposed to conclude its work before this week. But members of the special committee announced yesterday that at least five more workers would be called to testify and that a second extension likely would be sought. "I don't see how we can finish by January 31," said Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, Charles Democrat and co-chairman of the committee. He said lawmakers need to hear from more former...
  • Sun Q&A: David Nitkin on state politics issues (MD4Bush)

    01/09/2006 12:24:07 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 5 replies · 490+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 1/9/06 | David Nitkin
    --Snip-- Stuart, Baltimore: How come The Sun is not investigating the identity of "MD4Bush" and his possible ties to O'Malley? Nitkin: I've said repeatedly that The Sun is interested in learning the identity of the Internet poster who talked about O'Malley. The source of the information must come from the Web site itself, www.freerepublic.com. We've gotten some information from them. We'd like to get more. --Snip--
  • [Baltimore Sun Columnist ]Olesker Out (detailed account of his alleged plagiarism)

    01/04/2006 12:33:26 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 38 replies · 1,995+ views
    WBAL ^ | January 04, 2006 | WBAL
    Olesker Out Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - The Associated Press Columnist Michael Olesker has resigned two weeks before his 30th anniversary with The (Baltimore) Sun amid allegations of plagiarism, after an alternative weekly found instances in which he used the work of other journalists without attribution.Olesker resigned Tuesday, a day before the City Paper article hit the streets."I hope that people will understand that in the course of deadline pressures and trying to take a jumble of facts and boil them down to something understandable that I made errors of sloppiness and inadvertence that were human mistakes and certainly...
  • In Md., it was, and it will be, the Year of Joe (NCPAC/MD4Bush)

    01/02/2006 11:15:43 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 21 replies · 964+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 1/2/06 | C. Fraser Smith
    Joseph F. Steffen Jr. was the Ehrlich administration's Katrina. The case for awarding him such year-end eminence rests on the impact he made as Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s designated prince of patronage, the headline-making endurance of his work and its devastating potential for the Republican Party in Maryland on the eve of an election year. Joe Steffen has more name recognition than many of the candidates who think they can break through at some level in the political scrum looming this year. He is destined to become a negative bumper sticker for Mr. Ehrlich's administration. In the early years,...
  • Democratic Party executive resigns (Josh White - Claim: Not over MD4Bush)

    12/24/2005 12:55:14 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 32 replies · 2,619+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/24/05 | David Nitkin
    Josh White, who took over daily operations of a dispirited Maryland Democratic Party after the Republican gubernatorial victory in 2002, is leaving the organization nine months before next year's primary. A widely respected political professional, White, 38, was hired in 2003 as executive director, but lost the title after Terry Lierman replaced Isiah Leggett as party chairman last year. --Snip-- White declined yesterday to give a reason for his departure but said he was leaving at the end of the year. Party offices in Annapolis are closed next week, meaning White's duties have effectively ended. "I'm just looking forward to...
  • Steffen role is focus of hearing

    12/21/2005 6:28:50 AM PST · by smithone · 9 replies · 600+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/21/05 | Jennifer Skalka and JoAnna Daemmrich
    <p>Joseph F. Steffen Jr., discounted by the Ehrlich administration as a rogue employee who operated on his own to target workers for firing, was assigned to a large state agency by the governor's chief of staff and reported to him directly, state Human Resources Secretary Christopher J. McCabe testified yesterday.</p>
  • Md. Cabinet Member Says He Objected to Aide (NCPAC)

    12/20/2005 10:16:54 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 10 replies · 701+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/05 | Matthew Mosk
    A Cabinet secretary for Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. testified yesterday that he was forced to invite into his agency the man who called himself "The Prince of Darkness" and quickly became troubled by the aide's efforts to target employees for termination. Secretary of Human Resources Christopher J. McCabe said he twice raised objections in late 2003 about Joseph Steffen's mission -- including once in a letter he had the department's top lawyer write to Ehrlich's chief counsel, in which he complained that Steffen was rifling through an employee's payroll records. Steffen "made me uncomfortable and others uncomfortable," McCabe...
  • Our say: Steffen setup just a side issue (MD4BUSH vs. NCPAC)

    12/20/2005 5:47:51 PM PST · by HighWheeler · 34 replies · 1,630+ views
    The Capital Online ^ | December 20, 2005 | The Capital Editorial board
    ONE THING is certain about dirty politics -- it's a malady afflicting both parties. A conservative Web site is alleging that a former Democratic Party worker baited an aide to Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. into discoursing on the Internet about the personal life of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. This rumor-mongering got the aide, Joseph Steffen, immediately fired. But it was a black eye for the governor, even if he wasn't personally involved. Now, the conservative Web site freerepublic.com says one of several addresses used in the e-mail exchange with Mr. Steffen is rodoherty@mddems.org. Democratic Party officials confirm that is the...
  • Ehrlich decries MD4Bush praise

    12/18/2005 12:56:29 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 16 replies · 1,567+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/18/05 | David Nitkin
    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....
  • Tracking 'MD4Bush' identity is debated

    12/17/2005 10:40:39 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 38 replies · 1,986+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/17/05 | David Nitkin and Doug Donovan
    As Republicans and conservatives zero in on the identity of the mysterious Internet visitor who coaxed an aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. into spreading rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a question is blossoming in political circles. Does the identity of MD4Bush, the surreptitious user of a conservative Web site, matter? If revealed, will the knowledge change the public's perception of O'Malley or Ehrlich? Some political experts say that the answer to both questions is yes and that it's worth following the plot turns in the increasingly convoluted saga. If MD4Bush turns out to be a Democratic Party...
  • Democrats downplay change of party officials (MD:Josh White/MD4Bush)

    12/16/2005 10:43:37 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 6 replies · 1,529+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/05 | S.A. Miller
    Maryland Democratic Party officials acknowledged yesterday that they have replaced their executive director but said the move is little more than a change in job titles. The party has replaced Joshua M. White with acting Executive Director Derek Walker, who had served as the party's communications director. Mr. White was reassigned some time last month to the job of political director. The reorganization comes as more evidence shows a state Democratic Party operative was involved in a "dirty tricks" campaign to smear the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. However, party officials said yesterday that the job...
  • MD4Bush Computer Location Revealed

    12/16/2005 4:35:36 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 80 replies · 7,834+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 12/16/05 | WBAL-TV
    Following the discovery of e-mail addresses connected to the MD4Bush mystery, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has uncovered the electronic trail of Internet activity. Also Friday, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley responded to the latest twist in the MD4Bush mystery. Last October, MD4Bush used private e-mails on the Free Republic's Web site to coax a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Joe Steffen, into discussing the personal life of Baltimore's mayor. The 11 News I-Team has learned that MD4Bush routinely logged on to the Internet from a computer in the Pasadena area. On Feb. 8 -- the night the story broke...
  • Ron Smith Show 12/16/05 - Kristinn to discuss MD4BUSH story, at 3:35pm (Listen Live Online )

    12/16/2005 12:16:22 PM PST · by tgslTakoma · 74 replies · 3,315+ views
    WBAL Radio (Baltimore, MD) ^ | December 16, 2005
    Go to the WBAL Radio home page, at THIS LINK, and click on the "Listen Live" link on that page.I don't know any particulars about the telephone interview that Ron Smith will be doing with Kristinn (as Free Republic's spokesman), just that they will be discussing the MD4BUSH story.
  • MD4BUSH: THE SAGA CONTINUES

    12/16/2005 5:58:11 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies · 871+ views
    MichelleMalkin.Com ^ | December 16, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    The Baltimore Sun has the latest on the smelly case. An excerpt: An e-mail address of a former state Democratic Party worker was used in a discussion about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's marriage on a conservative Web site, a spokesman for the site said yesterday. Kristinn Taylor, a spokesman for free republic.com, said Ryan O'Doherty's Democratic Party address was one of at least three used to operate the identity of MD4BUSH, the mysterious Internet poster who appears to have coaxed an aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. into talking about the mayor's personal life. MD4BUSH sought out another freerepublic...
  • Democrat's e-mail address tied to postings (MD4Bush - FR Mentioned)

    12/16/2005 12:52:44 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 38 replies · 2,583+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/16/05 | Jennifer Skalka
    An e-mail address of a former state Democratic Party worker was used in a discussion about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's marriage on a conservative Web site, a spokesman for the site said yesterday. Kristinn Taylor, a spokesman for free republic.com, said Ryan O'Doherty's Democratic Party address was one of at least three used to operate the identity of MD4BUSH, the mysterious Internet poster who appears to have coaxed an aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. into talking about the mayor's personal life. MD4BUSH sought out another freerepublic visitor known as ncpac, who was later revealed to be longtime Ehrlich...
  • Site Offers Clues to User in Web Chat With Ehrlich Aide (WaPo on MD4Bush - FR Mentioned)

    12/15/2005 10:10:59 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 23 replies · 1,274+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/05 | Eric Rich
    The operators of a conservative Web site yesterday released three e-mail addresses they said were connected to the anonymous site user who drew a former aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) into discussions of a smear campaign against a political rival -- and one of the addresses matched that of a former state Democratic Party official. A spokesman for the Free Republic Web site said the account MD4BUSH was originally created by someone with access to the e-mail address ryanrock2004@yahoo.com . The address of record was changed twice, first to rodoherty@mddems.org and later to brianwaverly@yahoo.com , said Web...
  • Web Site Operator Sounds Off On MD4Bush

    12/15/2005 3:52:26 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 60 replies · 6,186+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 12/15/05 | WBAL-TV
    The operator of FreeRepublic.com has had little to say of the MD4Bush mystery -- until now. WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller reported the operator of FreeRepublic.com holds the biggest clues to the identity of the Internet user MD4Bush. They include e-mail accounts and electronic log-in information. The operator of the conservative Web site has not yet spilled all the beans, but he has made it clear that he believes he owes nothing to MD4Bush in terms of protecting privacy. In a lengthy posting early Thursday morning, Jim Robinson, the operator of the California-based FreeRepublic.com, explained why...
  • WBAL-Jim Robinson Ready To Disclose All He Knows(MD4Bush)

    12/15/2005 1:49:26 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 193 replies · 11,014+ views
    WBAL Radio ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | WBAl
    WBAL-Baltimore reporter Collins just announced that a WBAL TV reporter is set to do a story this evening that claims Jim Robinson is ready to disclose all he knows about the MD4Bush situation.
  • WBAL Radio to discuss MD4BUSH & FRee Republic

    12/15/2005 1:21:14 PM PST · by dogger · 23 replies · 1,714+ views
    WBAL radio to discuss email trail regarding FR registration of MD4BUSH live beginning about 3:30 p.m. EST
  • I-Team Uncovers MD4Bush E-Mail Addresses

    12/14/2005 5:13:35 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 198 replies · 17,407+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 12/14/05 | WBAL-TV
    The WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has uncovered new information surrounding the mysterious Web user known as MD4Bush. In private e-mail exchanges, MD4Bush coaxed Joe Steffen, a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, into discussing rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's personal life on the conservative Web site, FreeRepublic.com. The 11 News I-Team has uncovered e-mail addresses used to register the MD4Bush account on the Free Republic Web site. The 11 News I-Team does not know who opened the MD4Bush account. According to a source familiar with the MD4Bush postings, the e-mail address used in October 2004 to open the MD4Bush...
  • 'Death List' Guided Md. Firings, Panel Told

    12/13/2005 9:45:04 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 6 replies · 641+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/14/05 | Matthew Mosk
    Top officials in Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration ordered the dismissal of a succession of mid-level state workers, plucked from a sheet of paper that an aide called the "death list," a former state personnel official told top lawmakers yesterday. The targeted employees were fired, in some instances, solely because they were Democrats, and in each case to make room for Republican political appointees, said Tom Burgess, who yesterday became the first former state employee to testify under oath before the panel investigating Ehrlich's personnel practices. The panel was convened this fall to examine complaints that Ehrlich (R)...