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  • Burgess: Ehrlich Administration Had Employee 'Hit List'

    12/13/2005 3:15:10 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 11 replies · 2,500+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 12/13/05 | WBAL-TV
    Lawmakers heard colorful testimony Tuesday describing the hiring and firing practices of the Ehrlich administration, saying the governor's staff employed a hit list among state workers. WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported that a former state worker testified for three hours before a special legislative committee. Thomas Burgess, a Republican who worked 15 years in state government, characterized Gov. Bob Ehrlich's administration as highly partisan and paranoid to the point of spying on their own people. Collins said the underlying theme to Burgess' three hours of testimony was that the Ehrlich administration wanted to weed out Democrats and bypass...
  • Fired worker testifies in Ehrlich personnel inquiry

    12/13/2005 2:53:01 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 11 replies · 654+ views
    AP via Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/13/05 | Tom Stuckey
    A former personnel manager for the Department of Human Resources told a legislative committee today that the Ehrlich administration ordered that some employees in his agency be fired "so supportive Republicans could be put into office." Thomas Burgess, a Republican who stayed on for about a year after Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. took office, said he was also fired and was told his name was put on a "hit list" because "I had the nerve to recommend that a Democrat be promoted" to a high-ranking position in the department. The workers who lost their jobs were at-will employees who...
  • Maryland: O'Malley choose Anthony Brown as running mate for governor's race

    12/12/2005 11:47:38 AM PST · by cogitator · 4 replies · 1,110+ views
    MITCHELLVILLE, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley formally announced state Delegate Anthony Brown on Monday as his running mate in the governor's race, saying the veteran is someone who understands leadership. The men appeared with their families before about 50 sign-waiving supporters in Brown's home county of Prince George's. They then left for a series of joint appearances in Baltimore, Frederick and Hagerstown. O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan are seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who will seek a second term next year. O'Malley referred several times to Brown's military service and said...
  • Ehrlich hires '06 director Harmon key to re-election bid; he was criticized over Ga. campaign

    12/11/2005 6:59:14 PM PST · by mathprof · 7 replies · 925+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/10/05 | Andrew A. Green
    In the first major step toward building a campaign team, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has hired a political director whose major credit is the successful race he ran to unseat a former Georgia senator and crusading war veteran that has Democrats there still crying foul four years later. Bo Harmon, a veteran of the National Republican Congressional Committee and other GOP organizations, as well as manager of Saxby Chambliss' campaign against then-Sen. Max Cleland, said yesterday that he is coming to Maryland to get the word out about Ehrlich's accomplishments. Advertisement Democrats here and in Georgia immediately criticized the...
  • Panel to subpoena 2 (NCPAC/MD4Bush)

    12/02/2005 1:19:49 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 9 replies · 759+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/02/05 | Jennifer Skalka and Andrew A. Green
    The special committee investigating the Ehrlich administration's personnel practices voted yesterday after a closed-door session to subpoena its first two witnesses to testify at a Dec. 13 meeting. Though the committee and its attorney declined to identify the state workers, opting instead to refer to them as witnesses "A" and "B," George "Skip" Casey, a former director of human resources at the Maryland Department of Transportation who was fired last fall, is expected to be one of them. --Snip-- Casey, who is the assistant vice president for human resources at Loyola College in Baltimore, wrote a six-page letter to legislative...
  • Former Aide's 'Dirty Tricks' Could Blemish Ehrlich Image [More on NCPAC/MD4BUSH]

    11/15/2005 11:08:00 AM PST · by Quilla · 38 replies · 2,037+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2005 | Matthew Mosk
    Long before Joseph Steffen surfaced at the center of political intrigue in Annapolis, Gerry Brewster suspected he was the political operative who wiped out his fundraising list and plastered his windshield with bumper stickers for his opponent. Connie DeJulius believed Steffen was behind a nasty leaflet pinned to every telephone pole in her neighborhood, tarring her as a "home wrecker." Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., left, and former aide Joseph Steffen, who helped Ehrlich win congressional races in the '90s. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., left, and former aide Joseph Steffen, who helped Ehrlich win congressional races in the '90s....
  • Ehrlich: MD4BUSH Identity Known "Shortly"

    11/12/2005 3:01:14 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 31 replies · 2,075+ views
    Wbal Radio ^ | November 12, 2005 | Staff
    Governor Ehrlich is speaking out on the identity of MD4BUSH. The governor says the identity of the web poster will be known shortly, and the identity will confirm what he believes, MD4BUSH is a Democratic operative. "If this thing does turn out ultimately, and we're going to find out fairly shortly that it's a set up by major Democratic operatives connected to one or more campaign, how interesting is that going to be," Ehrlich told WBAL's Stateline........." Audio link:
  • MD GOV: "We Will Soon Know Who MD4BUSH IS"

    11/12/2005 8:22:22 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 117 replies · 10,300+ views
    WBAL Radio ^ | 11-12-05 | self
    <p>In response to questions about the MD4BUSH affair, in which a democrat operative got an aide to the governor to comment online about infidelity rumours of Baltimore Mayor Martin Omally, the Governor became angry over the double standard. "When this thing broke I had cameras and mics stuck in my face, now that it seems MD4BUSH is a democrat operative working in conjunction with a major media outlet...its a set-up...where are the cameras now?"</p>
  • MD4BUSH: Democrats finally ‘fessing up to their dirty smears (MDGOP email)

    11/10/2005 9:21:35 PM PST · by mr.sarcastic · 49 replies · 4,316+ views
    Maryland Republican Party ^ | November 10, 2005 | Email
    Finally this week, the elusive MD4BUSH may not be so elusive. After dogged investigating by WBAL Channel 11 (note: not the Sun or the Post, who seemed intent on covering the earlier aspects of the story), the Maryland Democratic Party released a statement indicating that a member of their party’s staff is MD4BUSH. Following the statement by Keiffer Mitchell, co-chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, that decried the dirty smear campaign by MD4BUSH, Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party John M. Kane called on Terry Lierman to launch an internal investigation into whether a current or former state Democratic Party...
  • Did the Washington Post Violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act? (MD4Bush)

    11/10/2005 2:29:24 PM PST · by Republican Red · 122 replies · 6,702+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/10/05 | Stephen Spruiell
    Did the Washington Post Violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act? 11/10 05:24 PM For those of you who have been following the MD4Bush story (if not, click on the links at the bottom of this post to catch up), here's a little breaking news: Free Republic is looking into whether the Washington Post violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act when Post reporter Matthew Mosk accessed the Free Republic account of MD4Bush. According to the Post's statement on the matter, Mosk was given MD4Bush's sign-on information by "someone acting on MD4Bush’s behalf." He then used that screen name and password to...
  • Internet political 'scam' eyed (MD4Bush - FR Mentioned)

    11/09/2005 11:58:30 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 22 replies · 1,284+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/10/05 | S.A. Miller
    Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s chief legal counsel yesterday called on Democratic leaders to investigate newly exposed ties between the state Democratic Party and an Internet chat room visitor who apparently orchestrated a "dirty tricks" campaign to smear the administration. Chief Counsel Jervis S. Finney said Democrats appear to have been players in a "scam" to discredit Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican. The involvement of a Democratic operative "certainly takes it a step further and it would seem the so-called Special Committee [on Employee Rights and Protections] and the Maryland Democratic Party should seek at last to find the final...
  • Timeline Revealed For MD4BUSH, O'Malley Rumors

    11/09/2005 11:58:39 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 24 replies · 1,748+ views
    WBAL ^ | EST November 9, 2005 | Staff
    BALTIMORE -- Inside the MD4BUSH mystery are questions of timing, motive, and who knew what when.[snip]..... ......[snip]MD4BUSH signed on to Free Republic in early October and immediately added new dirt to the rumor -- writing on Oct 8: "Yeah, he cheats on his wife. I heard he is not allowed in the house and is living in some new high-rise near City Hall." MD4BUSH then wrote to Steffen directly by commenting on Maryland politics, using language to depict an Internet user who was a true conservative, and suggesting there was a need to play dirty in 2006. In mid-October, Steffen...
  • Democratic Party Condemns MD4BUSH Attacks

    11/09/2005 7:30:37 AM PST · by kristinn · 126 replies · 6,130+ views
    WBAL-TV ^ | Wedenesday, November 9, 2005 | David Collins
    BALTIMORE -- For the first time, the Maryland Democratic Party condemned the personal attacks MD4BUSH used in his bid to engage a former Gov. Robert Ehrlich aide into spreading rumors about the personal life of Baltimore Mayor O'Malley on the Internet. SNIP WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins said the executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party earlier dismissed questions concerning the tactics used by MD4BUSH as "irrelevant." Party officials changed their mind and issued a strong, purposeful statement of condemnation. "It is despicable in my opinion," said Keiffer Mitchell, co-chairman of the state Democratic party. "It is gutter...
  • WEDNESDAY RIGHTALK RADIO - FReeper Kristinn gives DFU brief update on MD4BUSH

    11/08/2005 6:34:50 PM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 918+ views
    RIGHTALK RADIO ^ | 11-8-05 | DFU
    ORIGINAL RIGHTALK THREAD I thought this announcement deserved its own thread so it wouldn't be missed. In addition to Joe Connor, whose dad was killed by the FALN, the FreeRepublic Hour on Rightalk radio will have an opening segment with Kristinn. He will give us an update regarding the Maryland Democratic Party's latest scandal -- MD4BUSH. The show begins at 2pm Eastern and will repeated throughout the day. RIGHTALK RADIO
  • Faux Freepers

    11/08/2005 2:54:01 PM PST · by Quaker · 20 replies · 1,127+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | 11/08/2005 | Pasco Conservative
    Stephen Spruiell over at National Review has an interesting article involving the Washington Post and Free Republic.com : Earlier this year a mysterious source turned over some e-mails to a Washington Post reporter. The e-mails seemed to indicate that a man with ties to the Republican governor of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich, was spreading rumors about the governor's chief political rival on Free Republic.com. The Post wrote a series of articles about the e-mails and the man — a state employee named Joseph Steffen — resigned and apologized to the governor.   The Post didn't do any reporting on the...
  • MDforDirtyPolitics… and journalism [MD4BUSH]

    11/08/2005 6:59:47 AM PST · by advance_copy · 44 replies · 2,345+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/08/05 | Stephen Spruiell
    Earlier this year a mysterious source turned over some e-mails to a Washington Post reporter. The e-mails seemed to indicate that a man with ties to the Republican governor of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich, was spreading rumors about the governor's chief political rival on FreeRepublic.com. The Post wrote a series of articles about the e-mails and the man — a state employee named Joseph Steffen — resigned and apologized to the governor. The Post didn't do any reporting on the source of the e-mails — someone only identified by the Free Republic screen name "MD4Bush" — but it was apparent from...
  • MD4BUSH Asked To Come Forward

    11/07/2005 5:20:04 PM PST · by tgslTakoma · 230 replies · 10,947+ views
    WBAL - TV (Baltimore, MD) ^ | November 7, 2005
    BALTIMORE -- For the first time, the operators of a California-based Web site are revealing they have evidence that an e-mail address from the Maryland Democratic State Party is associated with MD4BUSH. WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins said the operators of FreeRepublic.com are not revealing the name behind MD4BUSH. But this is the first time that they are suggesting the state democratic party is associated with the MD4BUSH account on their Web site. Jim Robinson, the president of the conservative Web site, issued the following statement: "Free Republic has evidence that an mddems.org (Maryland Democratic Party) e-mail address...
  • Washington Post Traps Itself in a Lie about MD4Bush

    11/05/2005 5:54:32 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 47 replies · 3,174+ views
    In yesterday’s (Saturday) Washington Post is a brief article in its Metro section, responding to well-attended press conference the previous day in front of the newspaper’s offices. The press conference accused the Post of violating the privacy rights of certain individuals on the website FreeRepublic.com This exchange, printed by the Post, explains the charge, and the newspaper’s response to it, so far: "How in good faith could The Washington Post access a private Internet account without the express permission of the account holder?" Kristinn Taylor, a spokesman for the conservative FreeRepublic.com, asked in a morning news conference in front of...
  • Washington Post Now Claims "Authorized" to Access MD4BUSH Account

    11/05/2005 4:36:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 279 replies · 11,500+ views
    Saturday, November 5, 2005 | Kristinn
    After yesterday's press conference in front of The Washington Post building in downtown Washington, D.C. that criticized The Post for violating their sourcing guidelines and for accessing a FreeRepublic.com account in possible violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, an editor for The Post is now claiming authorization to log-in to the account of MD4BUSH.Earlier this week, Post Maryland editor R.B. Brenner made statements that reporter Matthew Mosk had logged in to MD4BUSH's account "two or three times" after being given the password by an "intermediary" in order to authenticate private messages sent between MD4BUSH and NCPAC on Free Republic.Brenner...
  • Former Ehrlich Aide Says He'll Talk About Hirings, Firings

    11/05/2005 12:32:49 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 14 replies · 929+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/05 | Matthew Mosk
    The man who has called himself Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s "political hit man" said he would sit down yesterday for an interview with the lawyer heading up the legislative probe into the governor's hiring and firing practices. The former aide to Ehrlich, Joseph Steffen, told Baltimore radio listeners yesterday that he had volunteered to meet with attorney Ward Coe to share his insider account of how the Republican governor set about to remake the state workforce after taking office in 2003. --Snip-- At the same time, Steffen has refuted one major contention made by several employees who lost their...
  • Investigation Demanded Into Post's MD4Bush Report

    11/04/2005 4:25:15 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 42 replies · 1,737+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 11/04/05 | WBAL-TV
    The conservative Web site at the center of a rumor investigation is calling on The Washington Post to conduct an internal investigation into one of their reports. --Snip-- WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins reported that The Washington Post recently revealed that Post reporter Matt Mosk -- with a help of an "intermediary" -- logged on as MD4Bush at least three times to verify private e-mails that were then used to break the story. The Washington, D.C., chapter of the conservative Web site, FreeRepublic.com, said on Friday that the newspaper has a lot of explaining to do in connection...
  • Reporter Ordered To Leave Out (D) Sen. Mikulski "Outing" By Dem Operative MD4BUSH

    11/04/2005 1:46:29 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 111 replies · 5,164+ views
    Baltimore Maryland (FR)-- Tonight at 6pm est on WBAL TV 11 a story will be aired about the latest developments in the MD4BUSH affair, a story detailing how the Washington Post is coming under pressure to conduct a "NY Times" styled self investigation after the paper admitted that one of its reporters used a FreeRepublic.com member's personal password to view confidential email. The emails are at the center of a scandal that has cost the job of an adviser to MD's (R) Governor Robert Ehrlich. One matter that will continue to be left out of the story, on direction of...
  • Free Republic.com MD4Bush Press Conference Live Thread

    11/04/2005 6:11:54 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 165 replies · 10,889+ views
    Free Republic | 11/04/05
    As many of you know, Kristinn will be holding a press conference outside the Washington Post building about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) and the Washington Post's role in the MD4Bush saga at 9:30AM. At a minimum, local Baltimore news media are expected to attend. Please post any news about the press conference here.
  • The MD4Bush Saga - A Primer

    11/04/2005 5:54:02 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 58 replies · 4,946+ views
    Various | 11/04/05 | conservative in nyc/nunya bidness
    Who is MD4Bush?MD4Bush was an infrequent poster on Free Republic from 10/07/04 to 02/08/05, usually discussing Maryland politics. All of MD4Bush's public posts are available here. In an apparent attempt to bait FReeper NCPAC (now known as former Republican Maryland Governor Ehrlich staffer Joe Steffen) into incriminating conversations, MD4Bush spread rumors of Democrat Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley's infidelity, called Democratic Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski a "lezbo", and discussed the alleged tactics of Karl Rove. The February 2005 Old vs. New Media Wars A battle was brewing between the Old and New Media in February 2005. Bloggers pressured CNN to fire...
  • Proposed MD4Bush FAQ

    11/03/2005 10:36:11 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 34 replies · 1,506+ views
    Various | 11/04/05 | conservative in nyc/nunya bidness
    MD4Bush was an infrequent poster on Free Republic from 10/07/04 to 02/09/05, usually discussing Maryland politics. All of MD4Bush's public posts are available here. In an apparent attempt to bait FReeper NCPAC (now known as former Republican Maryland Governor Ehrlich staffer Joe Steffen) into incriminating conversations, MD4Bush spread rumors of Democrat Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley's infidelity, called Democratic Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski a "lezbo", and discussed the alleged tactics of Karl Rove. A battle was brewing between the Old and New Media in February 2005. Bloggers pressured CNN to fire its chief, Eason Jordan, who had publicly accused the U.S....
  • O'Malley Blames GOP Plot For Rumors (MD GOVERNOR'S AID FIRED FOR FREE REPUBLIC POSTS)

    02/08/2005 8:34:15 PM PST · by crushkerry · 385 replies · 31,258+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/9/05 | Matthew Mosk
    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...
  • Firings panel can’t compel MD4BUSH (FR Mentioned)

    11/03/2005 8:32:09 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 32 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 11/04/05 | Thomas Dennison
    The Democrat-controlled panel investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s hiring and firing practices cannot legally issue subpoenas to identify the mysterious Internet figure known as MD4BUSH, a key request made by Republicans. Assistant Attorney General Robert A. Zarnoch, counsel to the General Assembly, said Thursday that the Special Committee on Employee Rights and Protections does not have the legal authority to subpoena records from a Web site where former Ehrlich aide Joseph F. Steffen Jr. made comments about Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s marriage. Steffen, an Ehrlich aide, was fired earlier this year after discussing O’Malley (D), who is running for...
  • Ehrlich Aide Ousted Over O'Malley Rumors

    02/08/2005 11:10:07 PM PST · by TheOtherOne · 13 replies · 1,142+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | February 9, 2005 | By Matthew Mosk
    Ehrlich Aide Ousted Over O'Malley Rumors Web Postings, E-Mail Spread Affair Gossip By Matthew Mosk Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, February 9, 2005; Page A01 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...
  • Fired Ehrlich Aide Speaks About O'Malley Rumor (MD4Bush)

    11/03/2005 6:21:35 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 12 replies · 1,474+ views
    WJZ Baltimore ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Mary Bubala
    [snip.........] Overnight Steffen became the fall guy for dirty politics after a Washington Post article last February named him as "NCPAC", the person spreading the O'Malley infidelity rumors on Freerepublic.com. But Steffen says he was lured into the discussion by someone logged in as "MD4Bush." The identity of "MD 4 Bush" is now the source of intense speculation and investigation. Governor Ehrlich's chief council Jervis Finney released copies of e-mails that allegedly imply "MD4Bush" is a former member of the Maryland Democratic Party. "It's been quite a roller-coaster ride and when I try to pull myself away from it and...
  • Free Republic.com to Speak About MD4BUSH and the Washington Post at Press Conference Nov. 4

    11/03/2005 7:38:08 AM PST · by UnklMike · 122 replies · 6,954+ views
    Free Republic.com to Speak About MD4BUSH and the Washington Post at Press Conference Nov. 4 11/3/2005 9:56:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: City and Assignment desks, Daybook Editor, Political Correspondent Contact: Kristinn Taylor, 202-309-1589 or kristinn@verizon.net ; Web: http://www.FreeRepublic.com News Advisory: WHAT: Press Conference Free Republic to Speak About MD4BUSH and the Washington Post Newspaper Involved in Scandal that Goes Beyond Governors Race and Maryland Politics WHEN: Friday, Nov. 4, 9:30 A.M. WHERE: 1150 15TH ST., N.W., Washington, D.C., The Sidewalk in front of The Washington Post Bldg. DETAILS: FreeRepublic.com, an independent conservative news and activism Web site, will hold a press...
  • Ehrlich Firing Probe Advances (MD4Bush/NCPAC - FR Mentioned)

    11/02/2005 9:27:47 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 28 replies · 1,139+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/03/05 | Ray Rivera
    After months of sluggish progress, a legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's hiring and firing practices yesterday directed its outside counsel to begin interviewing state employees who say they were fired to make room for the governor's political allies. Baltimore attorney Ward B. Coe III's marching orders came amid a growing partisan divide over the direction of the investigation and as a former aide to the Republican governor has begun talking about his role in the firings --Snip-- [MD Senate Minority Leader (R)] Stoltzfus yesterday said he may ask the committee to subpoena records of the Web site where...
  • Steffen Talks To I-Team About Ehrlich Firing Practices (NCPAC/MD4Bush)

    11/02/2005 6:50:23 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 13 replies · 826+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 11/02/05 | WBAL-TV
    A self-described political hit man told his side to the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team Wednesday. Earlier in the year, the work of Joe Steffen sparked an investigation into Gov. Bob Ehrlich's hiring and firing practices. He could also become a key witness in that probe. Steffen admitted to the 11 News I-Team that he weeded out state workers, but only based on job performance, not party affiliation. --Snip-- Steffen Held No Ill Feelings Toward MD4Bush Steffen claimed he initially held no ill feelings toward being outed by MD4Bush. "I fell on the sword for the governor for the simple reason...
  • GOP Questions Newspaper's Role With 'MD4Bush'

    11/02/2005 5:29:18 PM PST · by nunya bidness · 137 replies · 5,814+ views
    WBAL TV ^ | 11/02/05 | Staff
    Newspaper Reveals Logging Into Internet User's Account BALTIMORE -- The identity of an Internet user connected to the firing of a former gubernatorial aide remains a mystery. However, new disclosures from The Washington Post may shed light on how to solve the mystery. The editor said that information came from someone associated with MD4Bush and that the reporter used it to log into MD4Bush's account several times before the story was published.
  • Court Hears Internet Anonymity Case (Mentions Steffan Web Scandal)

    11/02/2005 3:57:34 PM PST · by Moose Dung · 4 replies · 460+ views
    Associated Press (via Drudge) ^ | Nov. 2, 2005 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    Court Hears Internet Anonymity Case ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The publisher of a financial newsletter told Maryland's second highest court Wednesday that he should not be forced to disclose his subscriber list and other information sought by an Arizona company seeking those it says made defamatory online comments. The publisher, Timothy M. Mulligan, told the judges "almost everything we publish could potentially be subpoenaed," putting him in the position of constantly appearing for depositions if his request to quash a subpoena by the Arizona drug company, Matrixx Initiatives, is denied. The judges, however, appeared to side with Matrixx, repeatedly asking why...
  • Maryland's O'Malley Affair -- MD4BUSH and Ryan O'Doherty

    11/02/2005 11:22:47 AM PST · by DallasMike · 22 replies · 2,633+ views
    Stingray: A Blog for Salty Christians ^ | November 2, 2005 | Michael McCullough
    Free Republic is a longtime hangout for me and sometimes things get pretty interesting. The current big story has all the complexity and treachery of a Russian novel.In October of 2004, a Freeper who goes by the handle of MD4BUSH began making posts on Free Republic urging Republicans to "play dirty" in the 2004 election. MD4BUSH represented himself as a staunch Republican. He lured another poster named NCPAC into his confidence and then posted alleged private "freep-mails" between the two. MD4BUSH baited  NCPAC into discussing sexual rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. When MD4BUSH brought the exchanges to the attention of the...
  • Former Democratic Official Denies Writing Suspect E-mail (MD4Bush)

    11/02/2005 11:45:10 AM PST · by nunya bidness · 32 replies · 2,774+ views
    WBAL Radio ^ | 11/02/05 | Scott Wykoff
    Governor Ehrlich's Chief Counsel has sent a letter to the co-chairs of a legislative committee investigating hiring and firing practices of the Ehrlich administration.Included in that letter obtained by WBAL News, Jervis Finney provides the co-chairs with documents he says he uncovered during his investigation into the identity of "MD4Bush".He points to a now-former State Democratic Party official Ryan O'Doherty who he says sent an email to party supporters hours before the Washington Post published it's first story about the rumors about Mayor O'Malley.The following is the text from that e-mail: "There will be a big story in the Post...
  • MD4Bush Identity Emerging

    11/02/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by TBP · 27 replies · 2,121+ views
    Baltimore Sun Boards ^ | November 1, 2005 | TheDevilsDen
    Ryan O'Doherty, a former communications director for the Maryland Democrat Party has been implicated by emails to party members hours before the Washington Post story which started the whole Steffan/MD4Bush/MOM smear saga. Details will emerge later tonight on WBAL radio.
  • Internet postings targeted in court

    11/02/2005 6:55:04 AM PST · by Jean S · 85 replies · 1,809+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/2/05 | Laura Smitherman
    A Maryland appeals court will hear arguments today in a case that could help determine whether someone who makes an anonymous -- and disparaging -- Internet posting in chat rooms or on message boards could be unmasked. A decision could add to an emerging body of law shaping free-speech boundaries in the Internet age, when people using screen names as aliases regularly gripe online about politicians, employers and investments. The area is of great concern on Wall Street, where online postings have affected stock prices and tarnished corporate reputations. The case stems from efforts by an Arizona drug company to...
  • DEMOCRATS, (Wash.) POST NAMED IN STEFFEN WEB SCANDAL

    11/02/2005 5:34:24 AM PST · by kristinn · 323 replies · 11,295+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Wednesday, November 2, 2005 | Jennifer Skalka
    SNIP R.B. Brenner, Maryland editor of The Washington Post, said the newspaper "had no involvement in any way in the chat room postings between NCPAC and MD4BUSH on the freerepublic.com Web site." "The Post did not know about them until after they had already occurred, as we have reported in the newspaper," Brenner said, adding "we do not know the identity of MD4BUSH." "When we obtained copies of the chat room messages between NCPAC and MD4BUSH, it was clear that they contained potentially newsworthy information," Brenner said. To verify their authenticity, he said, "someone acting on behalf of MD4BUSH provided...
  • Md. GOP Seeks Wider Firing Probe

    11/02/2005 12:02:40 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 47 replies · 1,307+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/02/05 | Washington Post Staff Writers
    --Snip-- [Ehrlich Chief Counsel] Finney suggested redirecting the investigation and added more fuel to the whodunit by releasing two e-mails that he implied could help identify MD4BUSH -- one of them allegedly written by a former staff member of the Maryland Democratic Party. That e-mail was written the night before The Washington Post reported on Steffen's postings and Ehrlich's decision to fire the aide. That e-mail advised party loyalists of a "big story" coming out. The operative, who no longer was working for the party at the time the e-mail was dated, said last night that the document was a...
  • Maryland Appeals Court Will Hear 'Cybersmear' Case

    11/01/2005 11:14:59 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 6 replies · 820+ views
    Baltimore Sun via RedNova News ^ | 11/02/05 | Laura Smitherman
    A Maryland appeals court will hear arguments today in a "cybersmear" case that could help determine whether someone who makes an anonymous -- and disparaging -- Internet posting in chat rooms or on message boards could be unmasked. A decision could add to an emerging body of law shaping free-speech boundaries in the Internet age, when people using screen names as aliases regularly gripe online about politicians, employers and investments. The area is of great concern on Wall Street where online postings have moved stock prices and tarnished corporate reputations. The case stems from efforts by an Arizona drug company...
  • Democrat Official Outed as ‘Sleaze’ Source on Mayor O’Malley: Washington Post Ignored Story It Had

    11/01/2005 9:07:27 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 39 replies · 1,661+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 1 November, 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Thanks to the efforts of investigative reporters for WBAL in Baltimore, which has just broken the story, the former third-ranked official for the Democrat Party in Maryland has been outed as the original source for sexual slanders against Baltimore’s Democrat Mayor, Martin O’Malley, who is currently running for Governor. The original stories in February in the Washington Post blamed the kerfuffel on Joseph Stefan, then an aide to Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr. The aide was terminated from his position as a result of his name (but not the Democrat’s name) coming out at the time. Source: www.wbal.com/shows/Smith/ Transcript should...
  • Governor's Counsel Raises Questions About Former State Democratic Party Official's Role In MD4Bush

    11/01/2005 8:04:52 PM PST · by No Longer Free State · 110 replies · 5,828+ views
    wbal.com ^ | 1/11/2005 | Scott Wykoff
    Governor Ehrlich's Chief Counsel has sent a letter to the co-chairs of a legislative committee investigating hiring and firing practices of the Ehrlich administration. Included in that letter obtained by WBAL News, Jervis Finney provides the co-chairs with documents he says he uncovered during his investigation into the identity of "MD4Bush". He points to a now-former State Democratic Party official Ryan O'Doherty who he says sent an email to party supporters hours before the Washington Post published it's first story about the rumors about Mayor O'Malley. That email document reads: "There will be a big story in the Post either...
  • Ehrlich's Counsel: Documents Point To Dem. Aide (MD4Bush)

    11/01/2005 7:56:32 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 26 replies · 968+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | Kristen Wyatt
    AP) Annapolis, MD The governor's counsel forwarded Tuesday documents to the heads of a special committee looking into the hiring and firing practices of the Ehrlich administration, including an e-mail that talked about a newspaper article hours before it was published. Jervis Finney, Gov. Robert Ehrlich's staff lawyer, sent to Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton and Delegate Adrienne Jones, chairs of the committee, copies of an e-mail purportedly sent by Ryan O'Doherty, who had been a spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party. The committee will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.[snip....] ".....Ehrlich aides have claimed that Steffen was drawn into posting...
  • Former Ehrlich Aide Mulls Libertarian Candidacy (NCPAC)

    11/01/2005 5:44:49 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 8 replies · 356+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | 10/31/05 | WBAL-TV
    He's back, and he's thinking about running for governor. After months of silence, we're hearing from Joseph Steffen -- the aide to Gov. Robert Ehrlich who resigned in February after using an Internet message board to repeat rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. Steffen told The (Baltimore) Sun that he's considering a campaign next year as the Libertarian Party candidate. The way he figures it, for better or worse, his name recognition is pretty high. Though a Libertarian candidacy could draw votes from Ehrlich, Steffen said he's not looking to help or hurt any other candidate. To appear on the...
  • Is Steffen ready to come clean on his dirt?(MD4Bush NCPAC)

    11/01/2005 5:07:47 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 8 replies · 671+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | Michael Olesker
    Joseph F. Steffen Jr., dubbed the "Prince of Darkness" by his former boss, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., has emerged from the shadows eight months after he was banished from the political light of day. He says he wants to bare his soul. He says he just remembered he has one. For those of you who have forgotten him, Steffen's the guy who gloried in his role as Ehrlich's unofficial hit man. Democratic opponents blame him for smear tactics dating across years of Ehrlich political campaigns. Steffen now admits they're right, though he doesn't want to get specific. Not yet, anyway....
  • Democrat Official Outed as 'Sleaze' Source on Mayor O'Malley: (MD4Bush)

    11/01/2005 5:00:50 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 13 replies · 882+ views
    John Armor's blog ^ | November 1, 2005 | John Armor
    Thanks to the efforts of investigative reporters for WBAL in Baltimore, which has just broken the story, the former third-ranked official for the Democrat Party in Maryland has been outed as the original source for sexual slanders against Baltimore’s Democrat Mayor, Martin O’Malley, who is currently running for Governor. The original stories in February in the Washington Post blamed the kerfuffel on Joseph Stefan, then an aide to Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr. The aide was terminated from his position as a result of his name (but not the Democrat’s name) coming out at the time. Source: www.wbal.com/shows/Smith/ Transcript should...
  • MD4Bush Identified!

    11/01/2005 2:12:15 PM PST · by ILLUMINATI_216 · 476 replies · 29,215+ views
    WBAL Radio 1090AM ^ | 11-01-2005 | Ron Smith, WBAL Radio 1090AM
    <p>WBAL news team has announced at 5pm on The Ron Smith Show that MD4Bush has been identified as Ryan O'Dougherty, a former Maryland Democrat Party operative/official.</p>
  • Ehrlich asks panel's help on MD4Bush

    09/30/2005 9:28:05 PM PDT · by TBP · 30 replies · 3,891+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | September 30, 2005 | S.A. Miller
    Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s chief legal counsel is asking lawmakers investigating the firing of state employees to also help expose MD4Bush -- the Internet chat-room visitor whose remarks were the catalyst for the probe. Chief Counsel Jervis S. Finney told Sen. Thomas McLain Middleton, a Charles Democrat and co-chairman of the Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, to use subpoenas to "seek the truth as it relates to MD4Bush." MD4Bush prodded longtime Ehrlich aide Joseph F. Steffen Jr. into a chat-room discussion in February about rumored infidelity by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for governor.
  • Baltimore Mayor Likely to Run for Gov. (O'Malley)

    09/26/2005 2:32:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 584+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/26/05 | ap - Baltimore
    BALTIMORE - The mayor of Baltimore is expected to announce his bid later this week for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich after spending several months considering a run for higher office. Mayor Martin O'Malley's campaign said he would "make a major announcement concerning the future of Maryland and his political future" on Wednesday. O'Malley, who was re-elected to a second term as mayor last year with 87 percent of the vote, has touted Baltimore's "comeback" during recent appearances throughout the state. "I have enjoyed visiting each part of our great state, learning from the thousands of...