Anthony Brown’s Campaign Goon Squad


After originally saying he was running a clean campaign, Anthony Brown was pressed on the matter Sunday morning on WBAL:

The lieutenant governor denied allegations that his campaign has gone negative in his bid to become the state’s next governor on the set of 11 News on Sunday Morning.


When Brown said on 11 News Sunday Morning’s Q&A segment that he wasn’t interested in Gansler’s missteps, anchor Lisa Robinson pressed him over the fact that his campaign has hired a tracker to follow Gansler’s every move.

“You’re interested enough to have a tracker following him around,” Robinson said.

From The Baltimore Sun’s report on the tracker:

Since April, Gansler has been tailed at news conferences and policy summits, along parade routes, at coffee shops, in restaurants and around college campuses. Every public comment and nearly every conversation afterward has been recorded by full-time political tracker Jeff Moring and sent back to the campaign headquarters of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Gansler’s chief rival in the Democratic primary for governor.

Additionally, the campaign has had the full assistance of the executive branch of government, a.k.a. the O’Malley-Brown machine, to go after Gansler. The Maryland State Police has played the largest role there. None of this should be any surprise with the track record of the O’Malley administration and campaigns.

Two members of Brown’s campaign team also have checkered pasts when it comes to playing in the mud and muck.

Brown’s campaign manager, Justin Schall, has quite a track record. Mark Newgent already delved into it indepth. I want to highlight a couple of things that are there. Schall has a habit of being nasty to the media that followed from the losing campaign of a candidate in California all the way through recent events in Maryland.

More from Red Maryland’s Newgent:

Schall was one of the mental giants behind a local San Jose sleaze site called San Jose Revealed.   Funded by a labor union, Schall and his partners, which included the husband of his former boss, Cindy Chavez, dished out all manner of personal attacks and invaded the privacy of its targets.

San Jose Inside has some of the details:

When one frequent victim of San Jose Revealed’s particularly vicious attacks asked Chavez for help in removing a map to his residence that had been posted to the site, Chavez asked a number of questions about San Jose Inside’s ownership structure. The information shared with Chavez appeared on San Jose Revealed a few days later, in the June 9, 2008 post “Who Owns San Jose Inside?”

After the map was published by Revealed, the home’s owner, falsely accused of making money through pornography, became the victim of a hate crime that involved property destruction and swastika graffiti.

It wasn’t the first time San Jose Revealed turned politics personal. The site published a map to deputy district attorney David Pandori’s home. (Pandori has a family and prosecutes gangs for a living.) It made an issue out of McEnery’s daughter’s late payment of a garbage bill. And in 2007 it breathlessly posted the dating profile of District 6 councilmanPierluigi Oliverio.

Besides Schall, the Brown campaign employees former Barack Obama campaign manager Jim Messina as a consultant. Messina created an ad that has been called “anti-gay” and homophobic.

More details from Buzzfeed:

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina was behind an infamous 2002 anti-gay ad that aired in Montana, according to a profile by Joshua Green in Businessweek.

The ad was run against Mike Taylor, a Republican challenger to Senator Max Baucus of Montana.


Messina, according to Baucus, was responsible for the controversial message.

“Jim is tough,” Baucus says. “I’ll never forget when he showed me that ad. We were in Bozeman in a motel. The curtains were drawn. He said, ‘Max, what do you think?’ They were afraid I wasn’t going to like it. I loved it!”

Liberal writer David Sirota wrote that “the ad is considered the epitome of homophobic demagoguery” and asked the following question (emphasis added):

In their quest to promote themselves as political tough guys, did Sen. Max Baucus and President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina just admit to both crafting one of the most homophobic ads in American history and possibly committing a crime?

Of course, the Maryland media has been silent on the Messina and Schall backstories, even in light of the early mud-slinging. Messina’s exploits did make the British media and caused blowback for a client of his across the pond.

The O’Malley-Brown machine has shown a propensity to play hardball in the past and the Brown campaign hires, along with recent campaign events, show they are up to their old tricks again already for the 2014 election.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

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.
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