Saturday, November 6, 2010

Henson Speaks Out

Julius Henson, the man at the center of the unfolding robocall scandal, apparently likes to talk to the media - even when he probably would do himself more of a service by remaining quiet.

He gave an impromptu press conference yesterday afternoon as he awaited the arrival of state investigators probing the "Relax" call scandal. WJZ filed a report last night.

Here are a few excerpts:

"'I'm on the Bob Ehrlich team,' Henson said. 'We thought a call like that would help, and we made the call.'"

"Henson would not say what key members of the Ehrlich camp knew of the call and its wording. 'I'm not going to throw Bob Ehrlich or Bob Ehrlich's team under the bus,' he said. 'It was a decision that was made in the heat of the campaign.'"

So reading between the lines of Henson's remarks, the call was the result of a "decision" involving Ehrlich's aides. If he acted unilaterally, there would be no risk of throwing anyone else "under the bus."

Henson states that Bob Ehrlich "probably" did not know about the call, but does not exempt from responsibility the campaign's two principal decision-makers.

This is going to be an interesting situation to watch unfold.


  1. This is nothing more than the most recent example of the way Bob Ehrlich runs campaigns. Ask Thomas Chamberlain, Gerry Brewster, Connie DeJulius, Bill Frank and of course a busload of homeless men from Philadelphia.

    It is amazing to me that Ehrlich continues to hold on to this "regular guy" persona when in fact, every one of his campaigns has been marked by dirty tricks, for which he never takes responsibility.

    Joe Steffen says "A lot of the reason that everyone knows [O'Malley's] history is because of what has gone on beneath the surface. ... A few folks put in a lot of effort to ensure the story got some real float." Steffen gets fired and Ehrlich calls him "1 in 80,000", as if he didn't know who he was.

    Ehrlich buses in homeless people to hand out phony fliers in African American precincts in 2006 and when asked about it in 2010, just laughs and gets away with it.

    Now his campaign pays for robo calls that may violate the law, calls designed to suppress African American vote and what does Ehrlich do? Throws Andy Barth under the bus, (Andy, you should've known better) and gives a big fat "no comment".

    When will people acknowledge that Bob Ehrlich is a reprehensible politician, completely devoid of honor?

  2. Ehrlich knew what he was doing when he allowed the campaign to hire Henson. If you play with fire, you get burned. Unfortunately, this just gives MD Dems more ammuntion in future races. They will just say "don't trust those racist Republicans." Hiring Henson was a desperate act of a desperate campaign. It is now obviouse that Ehrlich knew he was going to lose for quite a while. The mere act of hiring Henson is something that only a Republican with no elective future would do.

  3. Did Ehrlich bring Henson in from Philly with the homeless? Oh, sorry, that was the last campaign. :)