MD Robo-Calls: Ehrlich Aide, Consultant Accused of Black Voter Suppression
(Washington Post) — One of former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s most trusted aides and a campaign consultant were accused Thursday of orchestrating tens of thousands of anonymous election-night robo-calls last year that prosecutors said were part of a larger attempt to suppress the black vote. Paul E. Schurick, 54, Ehrlich’s de facto campaign manager, and Julius Henson, 62, a paid consultant, were indicted on multiple counts of election law violations stemming from an automated call that was placed to more than 110,000 Democrats in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, according to prosecutors. With the polls still open, an unidentified woman’s voice told voters who answered to “relax” because Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)had already been “successful” in his rematch against Ehrlich.