Maryland state lawmaker loses leadership post after allegedly using racial slur


The Speaker of the Maryland state House on Tuesday stripped a lawmaker of a leadership position after she allegedly used a racial slur to describe a district in the state.

The Washington Post reported that Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D) apologized to members of the House Democratic Caucus and met with Speaker Michael Busch (D). Lisanti, who is white, allegedly told another lawmaker at a cigar bar during an after-hours event late last month that he was campaigning in a “n—– district” when he was in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.

{mosads}Busch issued a statement Tuesday expressing “extreme disappointment and concern” over Lisanti’s “irresponsible and hurtful actions,” adding that she would no longer chair the Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee of the House Economic Matters committee.

The Post reported that Lisanti said in an interview earlier this month that she did not recall using the racial slur when speaking to another lawmaker, but that she apologized in a recent meeting with members of the state House’s Black Caucus.

Asked whether she had ever used the racial slur, Lisanti told the Post, “I’m sure I have. … I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”

Lisanti, who represents Harford County, is a second-term state lawmaker.

Lisanti’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.


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