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Group Plans To Protest 'Racist Del. Pat McDonough'

Middle River Republican's comments about "black youth mobs" in the city and his involvement in a referendum opposing tuition for some illegal immigrants draws criticism.

Del. Pat McDonough's involvement in a referendum opposing in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, and his comments about "" in Baltimore City, have made the Middle River Republican the focus of a protest this weekend.

Answer Coalition is planning to "protest racist Del. Pat McDonough" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday outside the studios of WCBM Radio in Pikesville. McDonough hosts a show on the station that airs that same evening.

Representatives of the Answer Coalition were not immediately available.

McDonough was also not immediately available for comment.

In an email, the group cites McDonough's involvement in an effort to force a state law granting in-state college tuition to some illegal immigrants, and statements about youth violence in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore City, as the reason for the protest.

"Del. McDonough’s racist and belligerent comments have garnered lots of anger among anti-racist and progressive people," the group said in an emailed statement. "And while McDonough and his supporters have denied all racist accusations, these recent comments reflect a consistent pattern of blatantly racist views toward people of color, particularly against the Latino immigrant community."

The protest is part of the group's "Defend the Maryland DREAM Act Campaign," according to the email.

This is not the first time the group has been involved in local issues.

In 2010, the group issued a statement calling for the disbandment of Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group, and the prosecution of Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, brothers charged in the beating of 16-year-old .

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Tim June 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The mayor's the only one impotent around here. She can start talking when she's got control of her own city.
BlueStarMom June 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Or stops stealing from it Tim, good point. Stop joining groups just because they use the word racism. Learn who they are. They support Palestine and if you all haven't noticed, killing our citizens outright just made up bond. Destroying us with fighting between ourselves = divide and conquer. BLINDLY follow and you may be walking into the fire. Just a thought.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein June 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM
The race card is easily played the weak, shallow and insipid.
LT guy June 23, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I wonder if the Answer Coalition will be protesting against Democratic Sen. Jim Brochin too. He made essentially the same point as Del. McDonough: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/06/05/md-sen-jim-brochin-calls-for-increased-security-at-inner-harbor/
John Therres June 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
After the first time I was pummeled for not giving "them" my money quickly enough, I brushed it off as an anomaly. I continued to proudly take out of state visitors to HarborPlace. The next time it occurred at knife point. There is NO way that I will visit it again, nor will I expose my friends and family to such a threat.

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