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The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Don Mohler is fascinated by the culture of anonymous commenting but says he isn't using a non de plume to weigh in on stories.

Don Mohler wants you to know he is not —even if you think he is.

For more than two weeks, speculation has been that Mohler, chief of staff to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, is the Patch commenter who takes his name from the Will Ferrell movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

“I am absolutely not Ron Burgundy,” Mohler responded with a laugh when asked by a reporter.

Mohler said he is certainly aware that some people believe he and “Burgundy” are one in the same.

“Burgundy” appears, at least most of the time, to be pro-Kamenetz and comments on stories about Baltimore County government.

“I hope he's at least clever,” Mohler joked.

A number of other readers, some anonymous, some not, have speculated publicly on Patch that Mohler has been trolling stories under the assumed moniker.

Meg O'Hare, a former school board member and blogger for Parkville Patch, also that Burgundy was Mohler—though she never actually names Mohler.

Over the last two weeks I've personally received no fewer than 18 emails or calls from people who held similar beliefs. I pointed out to Mohler that "Burgundy" had even made comments that sounded similar to unpublished statements he had made to me—a comment that made Mohler chuckle.

“I am fascinated by this culture of people who sit around and make up fake names so they can comment on stories,” Mohler said.

There is one thing about all the speculation that irritates Mohler.

“It's the people who defend me, the ones who say I can't be Ron Burgundy because I don't know who Ron Burgundy is,” Mohler said. “That's what offends me. I am not culturally illiterate.”

Mohler goes on to say he's seen the movie "at least 100 times" and is a Will Ferrell fan.

“I even know the meaning of ‘Ma! The meatloaf!’” said Mohler, quoting Ferrell's character Chazz Reinhold in Wedding Crashers.

So, at least for now, the legend of Ron Burgundy continues.

Stay classy, Baltimore County.

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Steve May 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Why are you even guessing? Beeler has posted on here before that he has "informants" that tell him where people are posting from.
Buzz Beeler May 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I also know what you had for breakfast this morning. I'm surprised you have noticed me passing by yet.
Lablover May 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Ron Burgundy and Don Mohler can't be the same person. Otherwise Ron Burgundy would only say "no comment!".
Meg O'Hare May 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Ron Burgundy could need the outlet after so many "no comments".
charles richardson May 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Meg, if I may be so bold to refer to you that way, I'm extremely disappointed in the fact you leave this comment but fail to acknowledge the other "left" messages in other blogs. Disappointed because I thought your blog on vitriol was well thought out, perhaps a bit one-sided but such is your right. It was hoped that you really believed in what you were writing but as the situation continues to unfold the fear that it's strictly one-sided, and it's your side only, that your views have simply become words on a computer and not a true belief. Again, I hate to sound redundant but the only word to describe the situation is disappointing. I now unfortunately believe, and based on this latest comment and the silence on the others, you have lost all credibility and that your words mean nothing. I really had hoped for more.

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