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Henson For Senate: Campaign Consultant Convicted In Robocall Case To Run For Office

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)– The Maryland political consultant convicted in the infamous robocall case is planning a big comeback.

Julius Henson tells the Afro Newspaper that he is planning to run for state Senate.

Henson said on Tuesday that he wants to represent Baltimore in the 45th District. That seat is held by Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, who has represented the district since 1995.

Henson says voters will look beyond his past.

The former governor Bob Ehrlich’s campaign consultant was found guilty in May 2012 of withholding the required robocall tagline during Ehrlich’s campaign to beat Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Henson was convicted of violating the state’s election law for orchestrating the robocall on Election Day 2010, which told thousands of votes the results were already decided, that Gov. O’Malley had already won.

Prosecutors alleged that the robocalls, made to about 110,000 Democratic voters in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, were aimed at keeping black voters from the polls during Maryland’s gubernatorial election.

He was sentenced to 60 days behind bars while his co-conspirator, Paul Schurick, got no jail time. Henson and his supporters claimed race played a role in the disparity.

Henson ultimately spent 30 days in jail. He was released early on good behavior and to care for his ailing mother.

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