Source of Robocall: Julius Henson's Universal Elections

On Wednesday we posted the robocall that went out to 50,000 Democrats on election night; WBAL-TV broke the story and the Sun followed up on it. Today the Sun's Justin Fenton reports that the call originated from an organization called Universal Elections, which is owned by longtime political operative Julius Henson. Though Henson in the past has had a rough relationship with former Republican governor (and now twice-failed candidate) Bob Ehrlich—Henson once called him a "Nazi"—his organization was on Ehrlich's 2010 campaign payroll. Fenton hasn't gotten word back from Henson, and Ehrlich's campaign has disavowed and criticized the call, but state Attorney General Doug Gansler is promising an investigation. City Paper has been covering Julius Henson since 1995 when he managed Joan Pratt's successful campaign for city Comptroller. For the machinations behind that campaign, and their business dealings, we awarded the Henson/Pratt affair Best Scandal in our 1996 Best of Baltimore issue. In 1999, we gave Henson Best Paranoia Trip.

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