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Maryland Democrat booted out of state House leadership position over racial slur

Maryland Del. Mary Ann Lisanti
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A Democratic member of the Maryland house of delegates has been removed, as the Chairman of the sub-Committee on Tuesday, after an account of her with a racist insult during an after-hours gathering at a Annapolis, cigar bar in the last month published by The Washington Post.

Mary Ann Lisanti, 51, apologized to the Maryland house Democratic Caucus on Tuesday, a day after she apologized to the head of the state Legislative Black Caucus. In a message to your member groups in Harford County northeast of Baltimore, Lisanti said she was “ashamed” and “sick”, had you used the word “don’t represent my beliefs, my life’s work or what is in my heart.”

It is my hope and prayer that you … can help me forgive for the pain I have caused, and to me, to improve myself, what have I broken,” she added. “I’m going to continue to work every day, to repent for my actions and represent my constituents.”

The Post reported on Monday that Lisanti told a white colleague that he had to support campaigning in a “[N-word] district” in mostly black Prince George’s County, a candidate in last fall elections. Asked by the newspaper at the beginning of this month, The reported Post, Lisanti said, “I can’t remember that. … I don’t remember much of this evening.”

When asked by The Post whether you’ve ever used the slur, the newspaper reported that she said: “I’m sure I have. … I’m sure everyone has used.”

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Del. Darryl Barnes, of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and Chairman, described Lisanti apology as “wholly inadequate” and urged House Speaker Michael Busch in the discipline of the delegates. Busch, also a Democrat, announced Lisanti would not tear the chair of the unemployment insurance Subcommittee of the house Economic matters Committee, “because I believe that the leaders in the house need to be able to bring people together-apart.”

Bush also said that Lisanti agreed had sensitivity training.

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“I hope that through awareness training, Lisanti course Delegate, has agreed to, and the help of your colleagues, you will develop a greater understanding of the impact that it has had, on the other legislator and the house of delegates,” Busch said in a statement.

Barnes, noticed a part of Prince George ‘ s County, in his letter to Bush, African-Americans, nearly 30 percent of Maryland’s population. He also noted that the Maryland General Assembly 57 black members out of 188 legislators.

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“It is clear that delegates Lisanti unsuitable to continue in a position of leadership in the Maryland General Assembly,” said Barnes in the letter. “We have been receiving calls for her resignation, the removal of the sub-Committee chairmanship and censured on the House floor.”

In neighboring Virginia, the state government was involved in the scandal, as Gov. Ralph Northam and attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, realized they wore the blackface in the 1980s. Both resisted calls to resign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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