Conservative Blogger's Sting Hilariously Backfires
Right-winger catches columnist canoodling with ... her hubby
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2012 1:42 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2012 7:00 PM CDT
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz was caught canoodling with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown ... who's her husband.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An unidentified conservative blogger thought he had caught a liberal columnist in quite the compromising position. Photos of one-time Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Connie Schultz apparently canoodling with a US senator from Ohio looked extremely damning. "Dear Ms. Shultz," the blogger wrote, misspelling her name: "We are doing an expose on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover. We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him," the righty blogger notes in an email Schultz quotes on her Facebook page. "Care to comment?" He's "really cute," the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist responds in what seems to be a very risky observation, but then adds: "He's my husband. You know that, right?"

Schultz, who currently writes a column at, says she's shielding the blogger's identity because she wants him to "pick better company and do better journalism." She told the Plain Dealer: “I don’t want to be a bully. I can say he was working for one of the larger conservative blogs. I just want him to stop hanging around with those people and learn something out of this." Schultz married Brown in 2004, and took a leave of absence from the Cleveland Plain Dealer during her husband's 2006 Senate race. She returned to the paper the following year, but resigned in 2011, citing a conflict of interest between her job and her husband's work, notes the newspaper.