Listen to me on Free State Radio Network tonight

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Tonight, I will join Jimmy Braswell and his co-hosts as a guest on The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy on the Free State Radio Network. Be sure to listen in the 8 p.m. hour. I will be on around 8:30 to discuss some of the recent blogging I’ve done here at The Quinton Report.

 

 

Watch all of the Brown campaign’s tracker video of Gansler

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The use of trackers in campaigns has been discussed before – specifically as it related to the Anthony Brown campaign (and the checkered pasts of Justin Schall and Jim Messina.) I noticed earlier today that the Buzzfeed version of the story on Doug Gansler’s comments about Anthony Brown’s military service included an embedded video from a YouTube account with the name of MD Gov Tracking.

You can watch 23 videos on that account that appear to have been filmed by the Brown campaign’s tracker who is shadowing Doug Gansler. Admittedly, this is just the video they have chosen to post on Youtube. I would hazard a guess that the Buzzfeed article resulted from the story being shopped by the Brown campaign, assuming this account is actually theirs (and that likelihood is extremely high.) If this Youtube page is indeed something done by the Brown campaign, it’s missing an authority line as required by state law.

UPDATE: To clarify, the Buzzfeed article had a short video (apparently uploaded to their server) with just the pertinent comments. The full video, which they also embedded from Youtube, is what enabled me to find the MD Gov Tracking account. A November story indicated the Brown tracker’s name is Jeff Moring. I’m not sure if that is the person still doing that job for Brown.

In case this account or any of the other videos on it disappear later, here’s a screenshot:

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Breaking: Shooting outside National Zoo in DC

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NBC Washington

Police confirm one man has been injured in a shooting outside the National Zoo Monday afternoon.

Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATES

WTOP:

The shooting just after 5:15 p.m. Monday occurred near the 3000 Block of Connecticut Avenue NW but there’s no confirmation whether the person shot was a man or a child.

Police have shut down Connecticut Avenue between Devonshire Place and Cathedral Avenue.

WTOP’s Director of Traffic and Transit Operations, Jim Battagliese, was at the zoo and tells WTOP he heard shots.

WUSA

There is heavy police presence at the National Zoo after unconfirmed reports of shots fired, WUSA9′s Bruce Johnson reports.

Police say a male has been shot in the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Officials are looking for two black males, one of them is wearing a black shirt and anotheis wearing a purple shirt.

WUSA9′s Bruce Johnson heard shots being fired as thousands came to celebrate ‘African American Day & Easter Monday.’

The National Zoo is currently closed. They confirmed the incident happened outside the zoo.

WTOP reports that “the victim is conscious and breathing.”

NBC Washington reports that two men were shot. Neither has life-threatening injuries. One man was shot in the arm and the other in the hand.

Democrat implies opponent’s military service wasn’t a real job

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Buzzfeed reports:

In a recent ad, Brown referenced being a military lawyer in Iraq.

Speaking at the the Maryland gubernatorial candidate’s forum Monday, Gansler seemed to take issue with Brown’s ad, saying that being governor is “a real job.”

“You know I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything. You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good, but this is a real job.”

Just when Gansler had started picking up some momentum, he suffers a self-inflicted wound today. I’ve included Anthony Brown’s official military portrait above for reference.

Save for one job at a law firm, Gansler has drawn a paycheck from the state or federal government for the largest portion of his professional career. Of course, none of those involved deployment to a combat zone or receiving a Bronze Star, like Brown’s deployment to Iraq as a JAG Officer. I’d like to see Doug Gansler trying to fast-rope out of a helicopter or jump out of an airplane while wearing 35 pounds of combat equipment and 15 pounds of reserve parachute. Those are both things Brown had to do (along with numerous other tasks) to earn the Air Assault wings and Parachutist wings you see on his uniform in the picture above. Brown was a distinguished military graduate in the MIT ROTC program when he graduated Harvard and he’s worked his way up the ranks to Colonel, which means he has been promoted five times and gone through numerous courses of study to reach those ranks. Before he became a military lawyer, Brown graduated flight school and flew helicopters. Brown served on active duty in Europe with the 3rd Infantry Division. He re-branched to Judge Advocate Corps from Aviation after he became a reservist.

Brown’s career after law school included a clerkship for a federal judge, just like Gansler. And, just like Gansler, Brown has worked at a law firm. Brown’s civilian job record looks about the same as Gansler’s – other than Gansler’s political career focused on the legal arena. Maybe these comments today were an attempt to emphasize the new information that came out on Brown’s previously unreported job at a Merrill Lynch office in Maryland?

Regardless, Gansler really stepped in it with his comments today. He hit what is possibly the new third rail of American politics – appearing to criticize someone’s military service. I  am not a fan of either Brown or Gansler politically but, as a veteran myself, I’m behind Brown and highly critical of Gansler on this issue. This is a blunder of monumental proportions when you look at all the military personnel and veterans who live in Maryland. Gansler claiming his job as attorney general in a climate-controlled office or courthouse in Maryland is a real job while slamming Brown’s job deployed as a JAG officer in the desert of Iraq as not a real one rings hollow.

UPDATE

A report from The Daily Record has reaction to the comments:

Jon Soltz, chair of VoteVets.org, a political action committee that endorsed Brown for governor, called the statement “slime ball politics.”

“Doug Gansler needs to stop smearing those of us who served in Iraq as not having had a ‘real job,’” Soltz said in a statement. “It’s a horrible insult to all those men and women who put their lives on the line, and especially those who died, in service to this country.  Additionally, Mr. Gansler, if he chooses to attack an Iraq War veteran, ought to at least admit that the person he is attacking has been serving as Maryland’s lieutenant governor.  This kind of slime ball politics is what turns people off to our democratic process, so Mr. Gansler is doing no favors for Maryland or our democratic electoral system by playing in the gutter like this.”

Soltz went on to demand an apology from Gansler.

The video of Gansler’s remarks is below. It appears the remarks were  posted to the account of the Brown campaign’s tracker assigned to Gansler.

Puzzling endorsement of Steve Schuh by Eric Knowles

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Over the weekend, Eric Knowles endorsed Steve Schuh for County Executive in Anne Arundel County. This endorsement was puzzling for a number of reasons.

Why did Knowles make a political endorsement on Easter weekend and actually expect anyone to notice it?

Was this choice of timing intentional or incompetence by Knowles?

Why is a candidate allied with the Campaign for Liberty endorsing a candidate in Steve Schuh who supported the Rain Tax?

Was the endorsement a result of the promise of a favor to Knowles or one that came due after the horrible week Schuh had last week?

It is possible this endorsement was concocted by Steve Schuh after his temper tantrum last week outside the Anne Arundel County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, for which he subsequently apologized. However, I question the judgement of Knowles for getting involved in the middle of what is already becoming a hotly contested primary for County Executive. That race has all appearances of turning into a nasty one and it doesn’t appear that getting involved in it on either side makes much political sense for Knowles.

Whatever the reason,  it makes little sense from any standpoint. 6:52 p.m. the night before Easter is not a good time to send out any message you actually want people to read, let alone a political endorsement. It’s the type of thing like what David Vogt did last summer when his failed congressional campaign kept delaying a “big-time” endorsement announcement until a Saturday morning in the summer.

Eric Knowles should be worried about his own opponent Don Quinn more than who wins the county executive race.