Posted by: Ann Corcoran | July 19, 2011

Ehrlich aides plead not guilty in robo-call case…..

…..but what is this all about?   Henson is suggesting that there is some sort of vendetta against him from fellow Democrats Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Ben Cardin?  Hmmmm!

Here is how the story from the Washington Post began yesterday:

A top campaign aide and a political operative who worked on former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s bid to retake the governor’s mansion last year pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they sought to use robo-calls to suppress turnout among black voters.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill scheduled a Sept. 22 trial for Ehrlich’s de facto campaign manager, Paul Schurick, and controversial political consultant, Julius Henson. The two face multiple counts of election law violations stemming from an automated call that was placed to tens of thousands of Democrats last Election Day while the polls were still open.

Now this is the intriguing part of the story.  

For new readers, get a feel for who Henson is by watching this film clip.  The Washington Post reports on Henson’s reputation helping Democrat candidates and his use of  “brash” campaign tactics.  (LOL!  Brash! What could that be?)  Then this:

Outside the courtroom, Henson, 62, said he was “100 percent” confident a jury would find him innocent. He suggested political motivations were behind the indictments sought by State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, a post-election O’Malley appointee, and a multimillion-dollar civil case brought by state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who is expected to run for governor in 2014.

Henson also included Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) among those he said were pushing for his prosecution.

“This is something by Ben Cardin, O’Malley just to punish people who disagree with what goes on in the Democratic Party,” Henson said.

Very interesting!  Can’t wait to hear more!

See our earlier story on the indictments of this pair, here.

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