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After a week dominated by electricity-rate relief, Montgomery County Douglas M. Duncan sought to shift the debate yesterday to another issue that has dogged his Democratic rival for governor: police tactics in Baltimore.

The subject was back in the news as the result of a lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP alleging that police arrest policies violate citizens' constitutional rights. Last year, according to the complaint, prosecutors declined to press charges against 30 percent of the roughly 76,000 people arrested in Baltimore.

Yesterday, Duncan accused Mayor Martin O'Malley of ignoring the issue and suggested that his rival might have directed police to step up arrests to bolster his crime-fighting bona fides heading into an election year.

"The police department should not be used as a political tool for his campaign," Duncan said at a news conference where he was joined by Stuart O. Simms, his running mate and a former top prosecutor in Baltimore, as well as Del. Jill P. Carter (D-Baltimore), who has sought to raise the profile of the issue in the legislature in recent years.

Carter, who wore a "Stop the Illegal Arrests" button, said that police policies have created an "us and them" mentality in many communities in Baltimore, destroying trust in law enforcement.

Since O'Malley's arrival in office in 1999, Baltimore police have stepped up enforcement of offenses such as loitering and disorderly conduct as a strategy for deterring more serious crimes. Violent crime has dropped about 40 percent during the period, according to City Hall, although O'Malley's critics say the figure is lower.

In a statement, City Solicitor Ralph S. Tyler dismissed the lawsuit's contention that police are arresting people without probable cause as "wild allegations." Moreover, he said, "a failure to charge a case" by state prosecutors, who do not report to O'Malley, "does not suggest that the arrest was illegal."

Aides to O'Malley were also quick to point to a recent uptick in crime in Montgomery County, where overall reports rose slightly more than 12 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year.
"Perhaps Mr. Duncan should focus on his soaring crime rates at home instead of attacking the men and women of the Baltimore police department for his own personal and political gain," said O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  June 17, 2006; 6:38 AM ET
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Duncan is a politician without any scruples whatsoever. To foment hatred-- racial or religious, and use druggies or drunks to riot--is not beyond him. It is naïve to forget how Duncan stirred up anti- Jewish hatred when he ran for Mayor of Rockville against van Grack.

He knows how to use the race card to win elections and is trying to do this in Baltimore. For Duncan types it would be a "no brainer" to stir up riots when a mayor of the city is white and the majority population is black.

Duncan does not "Think Bigger"-- the slogan is a façade, instead he stoops lower than the lowest.

Posted by: Duncan Uses Race | June 17, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Post, now I get it. When crime increased 12% in Montgomery County, Duncan was roaming Baltimore alleys.

A few months ago, this guy flew off to El Salvador to learn about Hispanic gangs.

So this is how the county spends my money.

Posted by: Helen | June 17, 2006 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Folks--this is a serious problem in Baltimore. Arrests for no reason, with no subsequent attempts to prosecute, followed by limited ability to have the arrest removed from your record.

This needs a higher profile, and it needs to stop. The mayor has ignored this problem.

Posted by: You don't get it | June 17, 2006 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Folks--there is also a serious problem in Montgomery. County. The police is notorious for racial profiling, harassing minorities and killing citizens point blank.

Why is Duncan raising the issue in Baltimore instead of stopping harrassment at home? Crime has increased 12% in Montgomery County.


Posted by: Mocamba | June 17, 2006 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine living in Baltimore where 1 in 5 people have no civil rights and suffer hours in Central Booking for no reason. This is not how it should be in America.

Posted by: John | June 17, 2006 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Like any big jurisdiction, Montgomery County has problems. But let's not confuse Montgomery's problems with Baltimore's.

Like the poster above said, people are arrested, sometimes spend more than a day in central booking (i.e. city jail) for NO REASON and then released.

Also--a lot of people post to complain about Montgomery County. I've lived in Montgomery, Prince George's and Baltimore and dealt with the bureaucracies in each. Montgomery is by far the smoothest running machine. So complain away, Montgomery folks, but know that you have it better than anyone else in the state. The schools are great, the parks are incredible, you have the best bus system in the state, and you have a government that is generally responsive--more than in any other jurisdiction.

So, hate Doug Duncan if you want, but give him a little credit. He runs the best government in Maryland.

Posted by: Steve | June 17, 2006 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Steve. In my experience, Montgomery County residents are spoiled and don't have any idea how good they have it compared to other jurisdictions. Amazing to me to read people from Montgomery County bash Duncan on these blogs. Montgomery County has never been willing to do the basic things that would benefit it-- like, duh, electing a governor from Montgomery County.

Posted by: Graham | June 18, 2006 3:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm interested in learning more about these charge of anti-semitism against Doug Duncan . . .

Let us know some more of what you know.

Thanks.

Posted by: Did Duncan really use anti-semitism in his race for Mayor of Rockville? | June 18, 2006 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Graham and Steve. While we have a good set of elected officials in my county, our school system is a mess, there is no hope of jobs for our kids unless they want to flip burgers or drive to Delaware and work for WalMart. And we have folks like Ryland wanting to come in with "affordable" developments starting in mid 400's...when affordable around here is in the 120's.

We have a good quality of life and are trying to protect it. We need clean industry (like tech and biotech)and we need someone at the state level who understands that. Mayor O'Malley has been here with his band, sings well and can even play his guitar behind his head. He's brought no specific ideas in the several visits, but always asked for contributions.

Duncan has been here several times too. Listened. Talked about how we need a long term (read 30-50) year plan to keep develpment in check or we turn into another Kent Island (where I grew up in the late 60's after moving from MoCo). Talked about how to improve schools. Listened to teachers, farmers, businessmen and watermen. Took more time to listen. And didn't spend his time looking for "more important" people in the room to go off and speak with like the Mayor.

Don't know what drives most folks, but over here we like people who listen, don't put on airs, or blow smoke. We also like people who have a track record over someone who smiles alot and says nothing.

In Texas; where I spent some time, they have a phrase for people like O'Malley...the same one they use when referring to Dubya...

"All hat and no cattle."

Posted by: A view from the other side of the Bay | June 18, 2006 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Why won't The Washington Post investigate whether it's true that Duncan has a nasty history of anti-semitism in his politics?

Posted by: Why doesn't the Washington Post investigate whether Duncan has a history of anti-semitism? | June 18, 2006 12:03 PM | Report abuse

which is worse, duncan's alleged antisemitism or o'malley's alleged infidelity?

Posted by: tom | June 18, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Doug Duncan is a certified anti-Semite and mean to the core.

During his campaign for Mayor of Rockville, Duncan was said to have distributed a unanimous flier against Van Grack alleging that Jews are the problem in Rockville. Being behind in the polls, Duncan, as a catholic used both race and religion to fan anti-Semitism in Rockville. In a yellow flier, he charged Jews of raping the county, stirred up fears against Van Grack, and urged voters to be careful of supporting Jewish candidates. To justify denying Jews any opportunity in the governance, Duncan resorted to quoting from the Bible.

On the basis of his anti-Semite record he does not deserve to hold any public office--let alone be the next governor of Maryland

Posted by: Ducan is a certified anti-Semite | June 18, 2006 4:17 PM | Report abuse

hmmm
omalley staffers trying to make a story


come on guys. duncan, anti-semetic...get real and omalley staffers, please try a new angel

Posted by: this is too funny | June 19, 2006 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Phyllis:

The written comments of "Duncan is a certified anti-Semite," exceed the boundaries in my opinion. Using the terms: "was said to have" while making charges is inappropriate against Duncan or any candidate. It's clear that the writer is simply trying use the claim of racial and religious bigotry to incite people. We saw this 70 years ago in Europe.

Please consider removing such posts. They demean the Post and the process.

Posted by: Tired of bigots and whispering campaigns | June 19, 2006 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Phyllis

I agree with "Tired..." above. I enjoy this forum, but I don't see sticking around here long given the level of discussion.

Can you let us know what the editorial decisions are about allowing unsubstantiated claims, rumor, innuendo, outright lies on the Post blogs?

Soon there will be only extremists on whatever issue posting here.

Thanks!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2006 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree fully with the writer "on the basis of his anti-Semite record, Duncan does not deserve to hold any public office--let alone be the next governor of Maryland." Phyllis should not use censorship; let people express their views, whatsoever, about candidates.

The Washington Post is already accused of being a mouthpiece of the Duncan Campaign.

Bloggers often provide tips, which regular journalists can't find. The best way out of this controversy (Duncan is a certified anti-Semite) is to assign the story to a Post reporter. The Post may ask van Grack about Duncan's anti-Semite record.

Posted by: Victor | June 19, 2006 10:28 AM | Report abuse

whats next?

Candidate Profiles Pop Up on Facebook
Web Effort Aimed At Md. Students

By Alexander Baldinger
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, June 19, 2006; B01

The campaign for Maryland's next governor has surfaced on Facebook.com, the popular social networking site used more often to get dates than to learn about political candidates.

According to profiles on the site created by college-age Democratic campaign workers, Douglas M. Duncan is interested in "Thinking Bigger!" Martin O'Malley is interested in "Moving Maryland Forward," and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is interested in "Getting terrible haircuts."

On Facebook, anyone from a supported college, high school or company with a valid e-mail account can create a profile, including a fake one like that of Maryland's governor. Although Ehrlich has found himself lampooned on Facebook, the campaigns of both Montgomery County Executive Duncan and Baltimore Mayor O'Malley have given the site their blessing, allowing campaign volunteers to create candidate profiles in an attempt to reach college-age voters.

"In 1968, Bobby Kennedy showed up and hung around the student center, and Gene McCarthy did the same. Facebook is the student center of college students these days," said Phil Noble, founder of PoliticsOnline, a Web site that examines the relationship between politics and the Internet.

Facebook, created by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, has become a cultural phenomenon among students who use it to post personal information such as relationship status, interests and activities, favorite music, party pictures and more. According to the latest numbers from comScore Networks, a firm that measures Internet traffic, Facebook tallied upwards of 7 billion page views during April 2006, making it the seventh-most visited site on the Web.

It didn't take long for political campaigns to see the potential.

"I got on Facebook around the time the 2004 elections were going on, and it was huge as far as students mobilizing and getting the word out," said Jahantab Siddiqui, 20, a University of Maryland student who works for the O'Malley campaign and was responsible for creating the Baltimore mayor's profile.

"I think I might have shown [the profile] to him once sometime last year," Siddiqui said.

The profiles for Duncan and O'Malley feature smiling photographs of the candidates, as well as basic information. Both are listed as married, reared in Rockville and liberal.

In O'Malley's profile under "Favorite Music" is U2, along with a plug for his own Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March. According to campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese, O'Malley's favorite U2 song is 1987's "Where The Streets Have No Name," a lament of the divide between Ireland's rich and poor.

Duncan's profile lists Frank Capra's 1939 classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and the 1993 comedy "Dave," starring Kevin Kline, as his favorite movies; "Harry Potter" is listed as his favorite book.

"A 'Terps for Duncan' member who was a sophomore from [the] University of Maryland posted the profile, and it was her idea," Duncan spokeswoman Jody Couser said in an e-mail. "I don't believe Doug has seen it."

The spoof profile for "Bob Ehrlich" was created by Lee Fang, president of the Maryland Federation of College Democrats. It lists the Republican governor as a "very conservative" politician whose interests include "raising more taxes in 16 months than Democrats did in 16 years" and "increasing college tuition by almost 50% in 4 short years."

"I wouldn't want to make up anything that wasn't factual or true," Fang said. "I think it's clear that it's a joke. My name's on there. I'm not trying to hide anything that I created it. Maybe making fun of his haircut."

A spokeswoman for Ehrlich, Shareese N. DeLeaver, declined to comment on the Facebook profile. "We're confident that constituents can tell the difference between political fact and political rhetoric," she said.

Representatives at Facebook recognize the problem of candidate misrepresentation.

"We've had some profiles set up for politicians that they haven't wanted and we've taken them down, but that's a pretty rare occasion," said Chris Kelly, Facebook's vice president of corporate development and chief privacy officer.

With the explosion in popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.com, candidates are beginning to see new, more direct ways to target the college voting bloc, often thought of as difficult to mobilize.

"The Facebook and the peer-to-peer stuff is where blo

Posted by: whats next | June 19, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of the facebook gig, I sent a letter to the editor. Hopefully that will be fwded to the editor deciding to print that special report (aka, free lanced story) because the WaPo's fact checker did NOT do their job. There is a pro-Ehrlich facebook group. The anti-Ehrlich spoof group's title includes calling Ehrlich's wife a b*tch. Somehow these details escaped the WaPo's story. That's not just disturbing, but that's wrong. If you're going to take stringer stories then do your damn homework on them and bother to actually do the fact checking.

In the meantime, I've requested a clarification/correction (i doubt the post will print a correction, but a clarification they should by journalistic standards).

Posted by: Bryan | June 19, 2006 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Phyllis should not censor any comments that could expose a public servant's deeds, whether they are past or present.

The Washington Post should not only investigate Doug Duncan's anti-Semitic past but also his association with Abramoff and his dirty-dealers in Montgomery County. Duncan's connections with developers and the kick-backs generated from those "no bid" contracts and community development grants should also be probed by Post reporters.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Sun-Diamond Growers of California case that "For bribery there must be a quid pro quo--a specific intent to give or receive something of value in exchange for an official act." Under this definition, the Abramoff-Yeshiva of Greater Washington deal certainly fits the criterion of bribery.

In its May 28th editorial the Post demanded an explanation from Doug Duncan. What ever happened to that?

Posted by: julia | June 19, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Tired,
Some of the comments on this blog are beyond the pale. The unsubstantiated accusations that fly around on this website come up when a phrase or name is searched, and it comes up with other reputable news stories. I think that blurs the line and something should be done to change that.

Posted by: Scarlett | June 19, 2006 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Tired,
Some of the comments on this blog are beyond the pale. The unsubstantiated accusations that fly around on this website come up when a phrase or name is searched, and it comes up with other reputable news stories. I think that blurs the line and something should be done to change that.

Posted by: Scarlett | June 19, 2006 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I understand completely.
The Washington Post blogs about illegal arrests and police quotas in Baltimore, and in an effort to change the subject, someone throws out unsubstantiated rumors. Classic bait and switch people. Now you are in a tizzy over these rumors, when reality is that people in Baltimore are up in arms over the police tactics there. You are overlooking the truth, and focusing on rumors.
But it seems like voters fall for it every time, don't they. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth forced John Kerry to defend his record in Vietnam, when his opponent didn't even serve. And the Washington Post is providing the forum for all of this madness making them complicit.
Now you expect Doug Duncan to "prove the allegations of Duncan anti-semitism wrong". I thought I heard something earlier about that being like proving you don't beat your wife.
Quit focusing on the rumors and start focusing on the records.
If there is any basis, any yellow flier, then release it to the press and back up these rumors. Until then, I will remain skeptical of everything you crazy people post on here.

Posted by: Scarlett | June 19, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I understand completely.
The Washington Post blogs about illegal arrests and police quotas in Baltimore, and in an effort to change the subject, someone throws out unsubstantiated rumors. Classic bait and switch people. Now you are in a tizzy over these rumors, when reality is that people in Baltimore are up in arms over the police tactics there. You are overlooking the truth, and focusing on rumors.
But it seems like voters fall for it every time, don't they. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth forced John Kerry to defend his record in Vietnam, when his opponent didn't even serve. And the Washington Post is providing the forum for all of this madness making them complicit.
Now you expect Doug Duncan to "prove the allegations of Duncan anti-semitism wrong". I thought I heard something earlier about that being like proving you don't beat your wife.
Quit focusing on the rumors and start focusing on the records.
If there is any basis, any yellow flier, then release it to the press and back up these rumors. Until then, I will remain skeptical of everything you crazy people post on here.

Posted by: Scarlett | June 19, 2006 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow, sounds like the O'Malley people are getting very desperate in resorting to such personal attacks on Duncan, presumably they are now beginning to understand just how far the Mayor is dropping like a rock in the polls and the writing is on the wall for Duncan's victory. I hope that when Duncan wins the primary we can all unite behind him in the general versus Ehrlich.

Posted by: rob | June 19, 2006 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It's been said that the only problem the Montgomery County Police have is -- no crime or issues to deal with. That's not entirely fair but big city police problems are a lot different than an affluent county's problems. Isn't this comparison of directing City vs. County police a lot like comparing apples and oranges?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2006 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen any anti-semitism in Duncun's MoCo gov. On the Abramoff Belt school issue, however, I question Co. Exec. Duncun's statements as to why he sided with the private school. I grew up around Belt Jr. High and I didn't find the neighbors to be anti-semitic (I confess there was a sad and unfortunate history of racism by some in that area in the 60's, but while there weren't a lot of us Jews in the neighborhood, religious differences were handled quite approriately.) I find it hard to believe that the Belt neighbors fought the private school on anti-semitic grounds. Thankfully, that area is racially and ethnically diverse today.

Posted by: Belt area | June 19, 2006 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Well,
One more reason to vote against Doug Duncan, he had campaing surrogates defame Mr. Van Grack's religion...and maintained plausible deniability...or did he? Can someone (I bet it would not be the Post) find Doug Duncans "fingerprints" on the Anti-Semetic campaign flyers?
A candidate like Duncan is the reason why Republicans can win state-wide races in Maryland. Like KKT (remember that Demo heroine)Doug won't play well outside of the Beltway/Balto. Suburban sections of MD.

Posted by: Mike S from GAI | June 19, 2006 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Mike S from GAI's comment that "I bet it would not be the Post," does not surprises me at all.

People in Montgomery County know that the Washington Post is pro Duncan and its reportage is designed to prop up his sagging candidacy.

I believe the Post won't contact Steve Van Grack to find out if he was a victim of Duncan's anti-Semitism.

Posted by: Post should be fair | June 19, 2006 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Count me out.

Maryland Moment was a good idea and it started out interesting. Now it's just a place for people with agendas and vendettas to get a little public space.

I would expect more from the Post. Allowing the whacko assertions and gutter name calling is expected on someone's private blog. Failure to maintain some standards here really drove down the quality of the posts.

I understand the desire to avoid censorship. But allowing people to anonymously slander another person is irresponsible.

It would have been nice if someone from the Post would have commented on the choice to allow posters free reign to say whatever they wanted, whether it had any basis in truth or any relevance to a discussion.

Posted by: One less reader | June 19, 2006 11:18 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of crap!!!!

Posted by: todd | June 20, 2006 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Well, you just had to wonder how long it would take "Merlin" or whatever name he takes at the time to resurface.

He mounts whispering campaigns and provides no proof. Get's others to carry his water. And he sit's back and stirs the pot because it's all he knows how to do.

OK Merlin, time for you to put up or shut up. You make all these claims...back them up with proof.

Not "what I heard," what I saw on the Internet," or "what so and so's third cousin twice removed who heard it while buying a lottery ticket saw."

Back it up with facts. Or shut up.

My bet? You'll respond by saying, "it's out there, but the Post won't investigate it. And besides, I said it so it's true."

So is Elvis' secret spaceship...

I don't care who it is, Duncan, O'Malley, Ehrlich or Zippy the Clown, when you smear someone by making assertions you can't backup and try to force them to come out and defend themselves, that's the mark of a coward...

My earlier posting had nothing to do with suggesting Phyllis censor this blog. It had to do with people like you who take what could be a legitimate forum and fill it with unproven statements and charges and call them "facts" and anyone who does not come to heel with you a member of a conspiracy.

In the real world, facts matter. All you seem to spew is rumor, innuendo and slander...

Posted by: Tired | June 20, 2006 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Duncan supporters, now you know what it feels like from my side of the aisle. You're accused of being anti-semitic, anti-this, anti-that, wait, you'll be a racist tomorrow. Trust me.

Duncan's not anti-semitic and saying or suggesting he is, well that's just downright stupid and it's nonsense bs coming from O'Malley staffers.

I don't care much for O'Malley or Duncan, but I think it is hilarious that MOM cried 'dirty tricks campaigning' and now he's doing that very same thing.

First O'Malley promised not ONE bad word about Duncan. Then he's got supporters holding up Abramoff cutouts behind him, hosting forums to trash him in MoCo, and got his staffers running around blogs claiming DD staffers and DD are resigning/quiting.

Grow up.

Posted by: Bryan | June 20, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Bryan:

Well said. It would be really nice to have these blogs do what they are SUPPOSED to do...stimulate reasoned, logical and passionate discussions on issues...not what we've been witnessing.

Good on ya!

Posted by: Tired | June 21, 2006 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I was on vacation last week, so didn't respond to your entreaties. Anything happen while I was gone?

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | June 25, 2006 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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