WaPo: Baltimore Mayor Asks for Apology from Md. Governor
Aide fired by Rep. Gov. Ehrlich for spreading false rumors.
Mayor Martin O'Malley and his wife briefly told a crowd of reporters today that they have a faithful, loving marriage, a day after the mayor accused agents of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration of spreading false rumors that he had an extramarital affair. The emotional press conference came in response to a report in today's Washington Post which disclosed that a longtime aide to Ehrlich, a Republican, had sent e-mails suggesting there was an orchestrated effort to spread a rumor that the mayor had committed adultery.
Ehrlich fired the aide, Joseph Steffen, from his state job last night. And the governor said yesterday he would be open to an independent investigation by the Maryland State Prosecutor to see if Steffen's actions were part of a broader conspiracy to smear the mayor.
Ehrlich told reporters he was totally unaware of Steffen's actions, which included posting gossip about the mayor on a popular conservative Web site, www.freerepublic.com.
On FR they are wondering how the Washington Post found out. here
"The article mentions private e-mails... How much do you want to bet they are FreepMails... Hunt down the mole!"
"Yeah, I was wondering the same. Just how do they find out who is behind the screen names???"