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 .