and the Red Maryland Network." In addition, Red Maryland's editor Mark Newgent has done paid work for the Larry Hogan for Governor campaign, a candidate Red Maryland gave its primary endorsement to back in December. The interesting twist on the conservative kerfuffle comes as the conflict came to light through the posting of the entire Red Maryland solicitation email by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich staffer Joe Steffen on his blog Darkness Revisited. Steffen, as you may recall, was the self-described "Prince of Darkness" who was fired by Ehrlich back in 2005 after allegations came to light that he was spreading malicious rumors about then-Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's marital status on a conservative blog and in private emails. Steffen, who most recently worked on the unsuccessful Dan Bongino campaign for the newly-redistricted 6th district congressional seat, called the Red Maryland solicitation "a paid protection racket" and said that several candidates forwarded it to him. Steffen wrote on his blog, ‘Had the editors of Red Maryland written what I think they wanted to write, it would have been along the lines of 'pay us and we'll have you on our show and say nice things about you and we'll fuck your opponent over. Capiche?'"