First let’s lay out a few facts:
- Andrew Nehring is a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC.)
- Andrew Nehring is Co-Chairman of the College and Youth Coalition for the Charles Lollar campaign.
- Andrew Nehring was digging around in my LinkedIn profile last week.
- 126.96.36.199 is an IP address registered to UMBC.
- Last night, someone from the above IP address left a comment in the moderation queue of this site.
- The comment was an implied threat that, while using Anonymous catchphrases, threatened to reveal information about me.
- The message made reference to “vetting” me. The language Anonymous would actually use would be “doxing.”
- In early 2005, I did plead guilty to misdemeanor computer crimes charges in South Carolina after charges were filed in 2002.
- I can’t prove the comments from a UMBC server last night were left by the person from the Lollar campaign who is a UMBC student and would have the motive to do so, but I can’t disprove it either.
Despite the use of the catchphrases from Anonymous manifestos, do we really think that group is concerned about a Maryland Republican Primary for Governor as it relates to a blogger whose criminal charges were already adjudicated almost 9 years ago?
There are things in everyone’s life they aren’t proud of. I’m not proud of the fact that there was a time in my life I engaged in text-based conversations of an adult nature with other adults that I didn’t know. On one of those occasions, a child reportedly used the computer on the chat account belonging to the adult owner of it. Federal authorities received the first report of it and didn’t act on it. Several months later, a state law enforcement agency under the control of a Democratic governor served a search warrant the day after the 2002 South Carolina primary (I was active in Republican politics and I was involved in a muckraking news site that was around pre-blogs.) I was charged and ended up waiting it out for two and a half years as the state kept delaying. I had met the woman who is now my wife in the meantime and she knew of the situation from the very beginning and I was open and upfront about it and we already knew we would be getting married but I held off on a proposal until the situation was resolved. I agreed to plea guilty to a misdemeanor in exchange for receiving a suspended sentence of one year’s probation. I am not and have never been on a sex offender registry and that probation ended after only 3 months or so after I passed a psychiatric evaluation with flying colors. I have already started the early part of the process to receive a pardon in South Carolina for those old charges.
Almost 9 years later, I’m in a happy marriage and we have a daughter who is almost 14 months old. I am active in my church and my community. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life and I own up to them. The events in 2002 hurt my family, my friends, and the victim. I’ve apologized for all of that and I sincerely meant it and I’ll say it again now. I wouldn’t dream of thinking I might run for office with that in my background (not that I ever wanted to run for any office myself.)
I have no reservations about revealing this information here because my family loves me (and I love them) , my true friends know the content of my character, and I’ve made things right with my God. Those things are what are truly important to me.
What does it say about campaigns and candidates that would stoop to this level to shoot the messenger? Are they digging into the background of reporters like Michael Dresser, who called Charles Lollar a “long-shot”?
The Lollar campaign team has shown a proclivity of going after the messengers who report anything that breaks through their internal narrative that he’s the front-runner. If indeed they sunk to the level of using Andrew Nehring in this fashion, it would be even more interesting since Nehring was apparently chosen for his position by Lollar himself.
Whoever sent this message, whether it was the Lollar campaign or not, has failed in their attempts to intimidate me or scare me away. Just last week I was an obscure blogger nobody reads and now I’m someone worthy of all this attention. It makes me think that there might be something much bigger there that needs to be looked into, and I think there are plenty of people that will want to now. It doesn’t change any of the facts that I or anyone else have previously reported either.
Thanks to all of my friends and lawyers who I talked to about this matter today. All of you have my appreciation and my loyalty.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.