Robo-Call Convict Julius Henson Runs for Md. State Senate

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Opening of the State of Maryland legislature Annapolis, Md
Maybe Henson could help these people relax.

For his connection with the infamous “relax” robo-call that apparently sought to discourage black voters from going to the polls in 2010, Julius Henson was fined $1 million, sent to jail for 60 days, and prohibited from political consulting. Henson found a workaround for that last bit; he’s running for office himself.

The aggressive and “indelicate” Henson hopes to represent Baltimore (specifically the 45th district) in the Maryland state Senate, and to do so he’ll have to unseat 20-year incumbent Nathaniel J. McFadden.

While Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller characterizes the race as a “no-brainer” —  an simple choice between a “family man,” “educator,” and “moral leader” and someone who “was recently incarcerated” — but others aren’t so sure. Julian L. Lapides — who once tangled with, and lost to, a Henson candidate — warned that Henson should not be underestimated. “Julius will do whatever it takes to win,” he said.

But can his would-be constituents forgive him for his connection to apparent voter suppression? Those who made him president of the Berea Eastside Neighborhood Association may have already. We’ll see where everyone else stands in 2014.

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