The Maryland 6th District congressional campaign saw its first attack today with an anonymous email sent to state delegates, senators and Maryland reporters linking state Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The email by a “Tim Teblow” accuses Garagiola of working with Abramoff while at the firm Greenberg Traurig and includes a cartoon depicting Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. riding on a “Garagiola” donkey tied to an “Abramhoff” ball and chain, spelling the felonious lobbyist’s name wrong.
“Now the revolving door of ‘politics as usual’ continues as the Senator tries to ‘Hi-JACK!’ his way into Congress to take yet another corrupt assignment from the BIG LOBBY GUYS,” says the email.
Efforts to track down the “Tim Teblow” who sent the email were unsuccessful. A return email went unanswered and social media searches did not turn up a person using that same email address.
“Rob got a good chuckle out of the cartoon and the first Republican attack on him,” Sean Rankin, Garagiola’s campaign manager replied in another email.
“For a minute, let’s focus on the facts: Rob worked at Greenberg Traurig along with 2,000 other lawyers. Abramoff was a Republican, Rob is a Democrat, and they neither worked together nor shared clients. Abramoff is a criminal and rightly was convicted for what he did,” Rankin wrote.
Greenberg Traurig has 1,800 employees according to Martindale.com, however the Washington, D.C., office employs about 90 lawyers.
This is the first negative attack in the District 6 congressional campaign. The boundaries of the Republican-controlled district have been redrawn to include most of Democratic Montgomery County making the district very competitive in the primaries and the General Election.
Rankin signed his email, “Welcome to Campaign Season.”