Candidate's Tea Party gaffe in MoCo race
Democrat Hans Riemer stumbled into a gaffe in the final moments of a debate Wednesday night among candidates seeking the four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council, reporter Michael Laris tells us.
Earlier in the Rockville debate, Republican candidate Mark D. Fennel, membership director for the Washington-based group Citizens Against Government Waste, said he considers himself a Tea Party activist.
In his closing remarks, Riemer asked: "What would it be like to have a Tea Party candidate on the Montgomery County Council?" Then Riemer added: "The Tea Party is associated with racism."
That prompted loud howls and boos from the crowd of 30. When a moderator said the audience should "keep it respectful," retired public school teacher Carolyn Darne yelled out from the crowd: "Respect? He just called us racist."
When it was Fennel's turn to speak, he calmly challenged Riemer.
"My spouse is from Honduras. My son is half Honduran. I hope you're not referring to me as a racist, especially considering that she's half African-American as well, and half Hispanic."
"And I wasn't, I wasn't," Riemer said.
Read more about the debate at Maryland Politics.
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