Veteran political consultant Julius Henson pledged Wednesday to continue running for a Maryland Senate seat even though the state says that may violate the terms of his probation.
“Whether I’m free or in prison, the contest will go on and I plan to win this race,” Henson, 64, said during an afternoon news conference in the living room of his East Baltimore home. He vowed to “retire” longtime Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, whom he plans to challenge in the June 24 Democratic primary.
Henson is serving three years probation stemming from his conviction in a high-profile election-fraud case. As part of the sentence, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Emanuel Brown ordered that Henson “shall not work in any political campaign paid/volunteer during probation.”
Henson said he learned from reporters Wednesday that he’s been summoned to court next week for a violation-of-probation hearing.
The issue is whether Henson is violating his probation by running for office since the Judge’s order said “shall not work in any political campaign” whether paid or volunteer.
Ehrlich campaign manager Paul Shurick was also convicted of charges related to a robo-call on election day 2010 when Ehrlich lost for the second time to Gov. Martin O’Malley. Henson still doesn’t acknowledge wrongdoing.
About the call:
Henson was convicted in May 2012 of conspiracy to violate election laws by not including an authority line on a “robocall,” made as part of Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s 2010 campaign to return to office. Ehrlich lost the election to the incumbent, Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The call targeted Democratic voters in Baltimore and Prince George’s County and said they could “relax,” suggesting that O’Malley had won. In fact, no one knew the results because the polls were still open.
Be sure to read a December 2013 Washington Post article on Henson to find out exactly what kind of person Bob Ehrlich dirtied his hands hiring.
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.